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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: 106,265
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 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.
Oct 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 24, 2014 Patricia Johnson After the animal massacre in Sochi I think special attention should be paid to the homeless animals. Do not let them sacrifice innocent animals for the sake of the Olympic Games. Athletes adopted some of the Sochi ones.
Oct 24, 2014 maria jones
Oct 24, 2014 Alessandra Baroni
Oct 24, 2014 Cheryl Balingit
Oct 23, 2014 Donna Weeks Don't kill stray dogs and cats to "beautify" your city for the Olympics. Open shelters and find them forever homes .
Oct 23, 2014 Cornelia Czornei
Oct 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 23, 2014 Emily Schmidt
Oct 23, 2014 Amanda Dudman Members of the IOC - I am saddened that you have not already added anything about the treatment of animals in host cities to your Code of Ethics. Please take action now.
Oct 23, 2014 Holly Wright
Oct 23, 2014 Marie Firestone
Oct 22, 2014 caroline moler
Oct 22, 2014 B Little
Oct 22, 2014 monica russo
Oct 22, 2014 Angelika Kempter
Oct 21, 2014 Justin Fox
Oct 21, 2014 Claudia Nunez Future host cities must neither conduct nor condone the inhumane treatment of animals in order to prepare for an Olympic event.
Oct 21, 2014 margaret miranda Please have a heart when it comes to stray animals; Animals are Gods Angels on Earth. Please be humane and kind to them.
Oct 21, 2014 Ortwin Mergner
Oct 21, 2014 Tammy Weaver
Oct 21, 2014 Leatha Gonzalez Please stop this barbaric senseless killing.
Oct 20, 2014 Monica Antonio
Oct 20, 2014 Meghan Trew
Oct 20, 2014 Jody Carlson
Oct 20, 2014 Robin Harper
Oct 20, 2014 Mirela Cipris
Oct 20, 2014 Suzie Stoltz
Oct 20, 2014 Penny Karn
Oct 20, 2014 ciszak anthony
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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