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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: 108,790
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

Aug 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2015 Garry Taroli I boycotted the Sochi Games because of the Russian cruelty towards dogs, and will do so as to future games if this same practice takes place.-GST.
Aug 3, 2015 Cinzia Corradi
Aug 2, 2015 Boris Blagojevic
Aug 2, 2015 Connie Muniz
Aug 2, 2015 Mona Stern
Aug 2, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2015 Paula Thurston
Aug 1, 2015 Kathleen Judd Kraemer
Aug 1, 2015 SÍLVIA COSTA
Aug 1, 2015 (Name not displayed) What kind of people can do this? How are they treating their own families?????????
Aug 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2015 Karen Rubino
Aug 1, 2015 Christine Kane
Aug 1, 2015 Sharon Juarez
Aug 1, 2015 Marguerite Hart Sochi.....oh right Russia! Stop picking these kinds of countries for the Olympics. I have stopped watching the games for just this reason, they are no longer the dignified event they once were!
Aug 1, 2015 Heidi Kausch
Jul 31, 2015 haulani fuller
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed) Stop this sham - protect these animals - the world is watching.
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2015 Emily Seagle
Jul 31, 2015 James Poston
Jul 31, 2015 Kim Maxwell
Jul 31, 2015 Marce Walsh We must be the voices for the animals!
Jul 31, 2015 Rose hickford
Jul 31, 2015 Vicki Bron
Jul 31, 2015 rad ioan
Jul 31, 2015 Kathleen Thomas
Jul 31, 2015 Cynthia Milner
Jul 31, 2015 Undine Nestler
Jul 31, 2015 Shelley Bobb
Jul 31, 2015 Deborah lack
Jul 31, 2015 Anitra Hampton
Jul 30, 2015 ludmila vorobieff
Jul 29, 2015 jeri lovell
Jul 29, 2015 Allison Westrick
Jul 29, 2015 Allison DuPree
Jul 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2015 Katarzyna Powezka
Jul 28, 2015 Marianne Williams
Jul 27, 2015 Christopher Aguilar
Jul 27, 2015 Paula Eaton
Jul 27, 2015 Géraldine Strauss
Jul 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 26, 2015 (Name not displayed) That is so not right! These are innocent beautiful faithful animals, no one has right to kill them. If the safety is your concern, there are other methods to limit their reproduction. Killing is not the right one.
Jul 25, 2015 mary cerrone
Jul 25, 2015 john crouch
Jul 24, 2015 Angus Barkley

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