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In March 2014, the Animal Rescue Site mailed almost 100,000 signatures in support of this petition to the International Olympics Committee. While we await their response, you can still make a difference by adding your name to the petition and demand the IOC make animal welfare a priority in future Olympic games.
Goal: 125,000 Progress: 109,160
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

Tell the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that mistreatment and killing of animals is not an acceptable way to prepare for the Olympic Games.

The Winter Olympics in Sochi have passed, yet a dark cloud still hovers over the Olympic Games. Before and during the event, the Sochi government implemented efforts to remove stray dogs from the city, and the methods used were less than humane. Instead of sending the dogs to shelters or implementing a spay/neuter program, the government hired dog catchers who began shooting the dogs with poisoned darts before heaving them - dead or alive - into trucks for disposal.

Various animal rescue organizations have tried to help by giving some strays a temporary home in a shelter, but more needs to be done in order to prevent future useless killings. Those dogs in the shelter are safe, for now. Unfortunately, the many dogs still roaming the streets in Sochi might not be so lucky. We need to ensure that this type of ineffective, last-minute, and inhumane preparation effort never mars the site of an Olympic event again.

Please tell the IOC to immediately and publicly condemn the Sochi stray dog killings, and to recommend that the Sochi city government cease and desist from this activity. Demand that the IOC add to their binding Code of Ethics that future host cities must neither conduct nor condone the inhumane treatment of animals in order to prepare for an Olympic event.

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Dear International Olympic Committee,

The start of the Olympic games in Sochi has uncovered a disturbing practice of removing the stray dogs that roam the streets in order to prepare for the crowds and media that the games bring to a city. This type of inhumane treatment of animals should never be allowed, especially in a city that was given the honor to host the Olympic games.

There are many humane methods that can be used in order to control the stray dog population, and none of them include hiring dog catchers to kill animals using poisoned darts. You need to make sure that every city knows that the IOC does not condone this type of harmful behavior, and will not accept it in the future.

You have the power to ban this sort of activity from any future host cities. Please add this important message to your Code of Ethics: Future host cities must neither conduct nor condone the inhumane treatment of animals in order to prepare for an Olympic event.


Petition Signatures

Oct 8, 2015 Candace Smith
Oct 8, 2015 Karen Wagner
Oct 8, 2015 caroline Piguet
Oct 8, 2015 Greta Hunter
Oct 8, 2015 Kathleen Mangrich
Oct 8, 2015 Grace Kelly Every city, county, state and country needs to stop backyard breeding and selling to reduce the tragic lives and subsequent dog deaths. People need to realize they are not shoes, to be discarded when they realize the work, cost and care involved.
Oct 8, 2015 Suzanne Meyers
Oct 8, 2015 Helen Golding
Oct 7, 2015 AnnIe Muril
Oct 7, 2015 Frank Fox
Oct 7, 2015 Dana Fox
Oct 7, 2015 victoria fabian
Oct 7, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 7, 2015 lisa bishop ickler
Oct 7, 2015 Michael Mueller
Oct 7, 2015 Leanee Pohl
Oct 6, 2015 Lisa Lowell
Oct 6, 2015 Bill Reamy Your treatment of dogs is disgusting!
Oct 6, 2015 Wm Reamy
Oct 6, 2015 Geraldine Rondeau
Oct 6, 2015 Niki Driscoll This is a travesty and needs to be stopped.
Oct 6, 2015 Tania Malven
Oct 6, 2015 Sue Hall
Oct 6, 2015 KAREN GARCIA
Oct 6, 2015 Tami Miller
Oct 6, 2015 lorraine lewis
Oct 6, 2015 Bonnie Windedal
Oct 6, 2015 paola catapano
Oct 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 5, 2015 Darlene Schueler
Oct 5, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 5, 2015 Cassandra D'Alessio
Oct 5, 2015 Jennifer Bonalumi Don't be killing animals because you don't take care of a problem you have ahead of time. Think people, there is better ways to take care of dogs.
Oct 5, 2015 Karen Black
Oct 4, 2015 Dana Williams
Oct 4, 2015 RA De Prima
Oct 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 3, 2015 Susan Devereaux
Oct 3, 2015 Sarah Elizabeth Ruiz
Oct 3, 2015 ana trillo
Oct 2, 2015 Karen Tompkins
Oct 2, 2015 caroline lim
Oct 2, 2015 Barbara Singer
Oct 2, 2015 Cassandra Marentette
Oct 2, 2015 Valerie Philebaum-Smith
Oct 2, 2015 Catherine Breithaupt
Oct 2, 2015 Amanda Davis
Oct 2, 2015 Rita Kessell
Oct 2, 2015 bonnie liakas

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