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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: 112,254
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

Jul 17, 2018 Jennifer Rathburn
Jul 17, 2018 Sahsha States
Jul 17, 2018 Debbie Christner
Jul 17, 2018 Lucille Decaria
Jul 17, 2018 Synnove W
Jul 17, 2018 Erin McCarty
Jul 17, 2018 Robin Blakesley
Jul 17, 2018 Bernie Doherty
Jul 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2018 Ann Lyons
Jul 17, 2018 Deneisa Hemmings
Jul 17, 2018 Cherie Page
Jul 17, 2018 Michelle Sibinovic
Jul 16, 2018 Patricia Cummings
Jul 16, 2018 Katherine Tuttle
Jul 15, 2018 Cindy Reed
Jul 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2018 Maria Angeles Leorza Arechavaleta
Jul 11, 2018 Arlette SIMON
Jul 11, 2018 Celina Fiorino
Jul 3, 2018 siska juliana
Jul 3, 2018 Thomas Wachter
Jul 1, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jul 1, 2018 Laurent Belotti
Jun 30, 2018 Donna Gilbert
Jun 30, 2018 Isabelle Pardew
Jun 29, 2018 Karen Bellen
Jun 28, 2018 Michelle Stewart Stop killing them when they don't need to be. Contact organizations to get them transferred to different countries to get adopted
Jun 28, 2018 Roswitha Marcuzzi
Jun 25, 2018 gillard claudine
Jun 25, 2018 julie huynh
Jun 23, 2018 suzette garrison
Jun 22, 2018 Dominique Mas
Jun 20, 2018 Chriss Wood
Jun 20, 2018 Tina Watkins
Jun 20, 2018 Rodney Kolar
Jun 20, 2018 Gloria SCIANDRA
Jun 19, 2018 Sue Sargent Surely the IOC should and will stand up against the cruelty of destroying stray animals.
Jun 19, 2018 Georgios Ilias If the OLYMPIC SPIRIT goes hand in hand with the murder of innocent stray cats and dogs, then ANIMAL LOVERS: BOYCOTT OLYMPIC GAMES.
Jun 19, 2018 Ourania Panoriou Shame on you! It was done in many other countries too, and you know it. So STOP IT.
Jun 19, 2018 Sarah Barrett
Jun 19, 2018 ISABEL SOBRAL
Jun 19, 2018 Judi Luthy
Jun 19, 2018 Jack Martin
Jun 19, 2018 Megan Pearlman
Jun 19, 2018 Vicki Hayes It should be a condition of the hosting the Olympic games that killing stray animals in the host city prior to the games is prohibited. If that can not be policed and enforced, then the Committee should select cities without high stray populations.
Jun 19, 2018 Ivana Karaman
Jun 18, 2018 Allison Kleon

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