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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: 106,953
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

Feb 1, 2015 Karen Marino
Feb 1, 2015 Gianfranco Frelli
Feb 1, 2015 Elaine Catellier
Jan 31, 2015 Jamie Barnett
Jan 31, 2015 Jane Young
Jan 31, 2015 Karen Catellier
Jan 31, 2015 Linda Miller
Jan 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 31, 2015 надежда васильева
Jan 30, 2015 Jeanine Spanjers
Jan 30, 2015 ivonne leon
Jan 30, 2015 Catherine Martin
Jan 30, 2015 Hugh dang
Jan 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 30, 2015 sherri damiani
Jan 30, 2015 Radko Vacek
Jan 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 30, 2015 Penny Renaud
Jan 30, 2015 Karen grant
Jan 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 29, 2015 Shaidea Walker
Jan 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 29, 2015 Bernadette Porter
Jan 29, 2015 Sonya Nel
Jan 28, 2015 Elizabeth Masson
Jan 28, 2015 Lance Parker
Jan 28, 2015 Kim Smith
Jan 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 28, 2015 Yasemin Açıkgün
Jan 28, 2015 Kelsey Kennedy
Jan 28, 2015 Julie Bowen
Jan 28, 2015 Debbie Wylie
Jan 28, 2015 Richard Engle
Jan 28, 2015 Carlos Santana
Jan 28, 2015 nadine hanssens
Jan 28, 2015 Candace Faggen
Jan 28, 2015 fern walker
Jan 28, 2015 Linda Elgin
Jan 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 26, 2015 Tiziana Molendi
Jan 26, 2015 Linda Bachmanek
Jan 26, 2015 lois ann clouthier
Jan 26, 2015 joanne spiese where is your code of ethics
Jan 26, 2015 Rosie Adams Sick and tired of humans putting big-time interests that only last minutes/days/weeks ahead of the lives of animals. Debase, debauched and disgraceful that you cannot protect the children and animals that gather in the hope of a helping human hand!
Jan 25, 2015 Janina Grage
Jan 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 25, 2015 Deborah Martin
Jan 25, 2015 linda tibbets

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