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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: 106,297
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 31, 2014 Tina Arnold
Oct 31, 2014 Jennifer Leonard
Oct 31, 2014 Katherine Okulewicz
Oct 31, 2014 Barbera Libis
Oct 30, 2014 Terry Wallerstedt
Oct 30, 2014 NICK DUNSTAN
Oct 30, 2014 amandine piedvache
Oct 30, 2014 Paula Cooper
Oct 29, 2014 Sieglinda Du Preez
Oct 29, 2014 Paula Pop
Oct 29, 2014 Eileen Bower
Oct 29, 2014 linda ventriglia
Oct 28, 2014 Michele Balbino Rosa
Oct 28, 2014 ewa kijko
Oct 28, 2014 kathy smith
Oct 28, 2014 Elaine Greenwood
Oct 28, 2014 MICHELE ALDAO
Oct 28, 2014 Ashley Waller
Oct 27, 2014 Margriet Kool
Oct 27, 2014 Sheena Warren
Oct 27, 2014 Heidi Handsaker
Oct 27, 2014 Kimberly Mclaughlin
Oct 27, 2014 Stéphane Martins
Oct 27, 2014 Tanja Rieger
Oct 27, 2014 Cindy Rosmus
Oct 27, 2014 Clarette Wenta
Oct 27, 2014 Mary Morgan
Oct 27, 2014 Liz Godber
Oct 26, 2014 Katie Hourahan
Oct 26, 2014 Meghan Soukup Mistreatment and killing of animals is not an acceptable way to prepare for the Olympic Games.
Oct 26, 2014 Shannan Morian
Oct 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 24, 2014 Linda Censorio
Oct 24, 2014 Darlene Ray It always shocks me to see the cruelty and ignorance of people in situations like this. We are quickly becoming a disposable/discard world.
Oct 24, 2014 Mom Morris-jackson
Oct 24, 2014 debbie schwab
Oct 24, 2014 Susannah Martin
Oct 24, 2014 laurinda micheels
Oct 24, 2014 Pat Kellim
Oct 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 24, 2014 Andrea Fogt
Oct 24, 2014 Patricia Adams
Oct 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 24, 2014 Susanna Purucker
Oct 24, 2014 Rachel Warner
Oct 24, 2014 Cheridal Nicholson Please don't let Sochi happen again! Animals should be treated with kindness as it is never their fault if they are homeless. Adopters should be thanked!!!!
Oct 24, 2014 Laura Alleman
Oct 24, 2014 karen Turco
Oct 24, 2014 Machteld Wierenga
Oct 24, 2014 Sylvie Desjardins This is an important issue. As the cost of hosting the games is going way up, we should assure that it is done in a humane way for all humans and animals.

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