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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: 110,864
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

Jan 23, 2017 Pierce O'Meara
Jan 22, 2017 Maria Molina
Jan 22, 2017 Moni Raiff
Jan 22, 2017 Linda Granato
Jan 22, 2017 Louise Buhler
Jan 22, 2017 TONI King
Jan 22, 2017 Tonya Stiffler
Jan 22, 2017 Pascale BOLLIET
Jan 22, 2017 Anette Stauske
Jan 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 22, 2017 Darleen Ricard
Jan 22, 2017 Michelle Schafer
Jan 22, 2017 Ellen Baxter
Jan 22, 2017 Maria DiDomenico
Jan 21, 2017 ANNEMARIE ANSEL I urge the IOC to demand that future selected cities neither conduct nor condone the inhumane treatment of animals in order to prepare for an Olympic event.
Jan 21, 2017 Madeleine Gläser
Jan 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 19, 2017 Iris Reinhard
Jan 19, 2017 Ellen Ribolla
Jan 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2017 Eva-Maria Haak
Jan 18, 2017 Sabine Alkier
Jan 18, 2017 Karen Atkinson
Jan 17, 2017 Bine Regensburger
Jan 17, 2017 Megan Schneider
Jan 17, 2017 Petra Beekmans
Jan 17, 2017 Rudolf Mühl
Jan 17, 2017 Sabine Mayr
Jan 17, 2017 Oliver Walton-Harrod
Jan 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 17, 2017 francesca gagliardi
Jan 17, 2017 Petra Hegenscheidt
Jan 17, 2017 Maria Klein
Jan 17, 2017 Charity Chambers
Jan 17, 2017 Bolly Maus
Jan 17, 2017 Gerlinde Holzer
Jan 17, 2017 Sigrid Müller
Jan 17, 2017 Karin Guenther
Jan 17, 2017 Francisca Brechbuhler
Jan 16, 2017 Judith Gray
Jan 16, 2017 linda shingles
Jan 16, 2017 Tracy Somers WE must help the animals We are human---We must be HUMANE!!!!
Jan 16, 2017 Renee Snyder
Jan 16, 2017 renee vesely
Jan 16, 2017 Marie Perry
Jan 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 16, 2017 Amina Dhumaad
Jan 15, 2017 anna gennari
Jan 15, 2017 Nico Sandman

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