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Goal: 50,000 Progress: 16,601
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Tell the Russian government to enforce the order to create "temporary shelters" to humanely and responsibly house, feed, and care for stray animals during World Cup 2018. The strays need to be neutered and released after the event. Sterilization is the answer to overpopulation of strays - not mass killing.

Over 2 million stray animals are currently roaming the streets of Russia. These innocent dogs do not deserve to die. This year between June and July, the World Cup will take place in eleven regions around the country with an influx of one million visitors. Even though Russia vowed to never repeat what happened in Sochi, cities are contracting 'dog hunters' to kill the strays. [1]

A horror scene occurred just four years ago, when Sochi hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics. Stray dogs were killed with poison darts and other inhumane methods. People found the poisoned dogs on the street crying out in pain. Once the dog was shot with the poison dart, it would take fifteen agonizing minutes to die. History is about to repeat itself, unless something changes. [1]

Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko ordered the creation of temporary shelters for the strays, but saying and actually doing are two different things. Officials need to enforce this order, and demand that the host cities allocate money for creating and maintaining these shelters. The money cities pay dog hunters to "resolve" the stray problem must instead go to helping, not killing, these stray dogs. [2]

No animal deserves to suffer, and the brutal killing of Russia's stray dogs will not provide a long-term solution to host cities' needs. After the massacre in Sochi, visitors may even choose to boycott these events entirely. Russia can clean up its image, increase tourism, and reduce the stray population by implementing a humane sheltering and TNR program.[2]

Don't let Sochi happen all over again. Sign now and demand a humane solution for stray dogs!

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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, Sport Minister Pavel Kolobkov, and Head of Environmental Protection Committee, Vladimir Burmatov:

Sochi made a epic mistake and culled thousands of dogs in 2014. Poison darts were used that caused the dogs to suffer immensely before dying a slow death. This mistake portrayed the country as inhumane murderers of innocent animals. Stop history from repeating itself!

An order was made to create temporary shelters in each region affected by the upcoming World Cup. The city governments need to be overseen and forced to allocate funds for the shelters to humanely house, feed, and care for stray dogs. The money allocated to pay dog hunters needs to be used instead for sterilization and temporary shelter.

To avoid this problem in the future, stray dogs need to be spayed or neutered at the shelter before they are released. The cities need to work with local animal rescue groups to help adopt some of the dogs into loving homes. Killing is not the answer!

Show the world that Russia has compassion for animals and wants to care for their stray dogs in a humane way. Saying and doing are two different things. Please do both for the welfare of all stray dogs in your country.

Your swift action is appreciated!


Petition Signatures

Jul 15, 2018 Cindy Reed
Jul 14, 2018 Terry Hicks
Jul 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2018 Eleonora De Giorgio
Jul 12, 2018 mary blanford
Jul 12, 2018 Iris & Patty Yermak
Jul 11, 2018 Sharon Macdonald
Jul 11, 2018 Jennifer Charles
Jul 11, 2018 CHUN CHUI
Jul 11, 2018 JANICE CHUI
Jul 11, 2018 HSIU CHUI
Jul 11, 2018 Celina Fiorino
Jul 10, 2018 celine duburg
Jul 9, 2018 marie sajous
Jul 9, 2018 gillard claudine
Jul 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 8, 2018 Alan Farris
Jul 8, 2018 Jen Featherstone
Jul 7, 2018 Lauren McClure
Jul 4, 2018 Melynda Quinn
Jul 3, 2018 Winfried Thoma
Jul 3, 2018 G. Palate
Jul 3, 2018 Nicole Holler
Jul 3, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jul 3, 2018 Gaëlle Lopes
Jul 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 2, 2018 Patrick Mertens
Jul 1, 2018 Elias John
Jul 1, 2018 Chris Brana
Jul 1, 2018 Ellen Tieszen
Jul 1, 2018 S Tan
Jul 1, 2018 Moacir Piccolo
Jul 1, 2018 Mitsi Glynou
Jul 1, 2018 Suzie Achin
Jul 1, 2018 Tammi Long
Jul 1, 2018 Laurent Belotti
Jul 1, 2018 Susan Martin
Jul 1, 2018 Tonya Raikes
Jun 30, 2018 Donna Gilbert
Jun 30, 2018 Jenni payne
Jun 30, 2018 Kevin Maddox
Jun 30, 2018 Diana Monks
Jun 30, 2018 Nilka Egipciaco
Jun 29, 2018 Paula Karwowski Murdering animals is barbaric and evil. There are ways to cut down on stray dogs with laws that makes spaying and neutering mandatory.
Jun 29, 2018 L McCaulley
Jun 29, 2018 Renee Zuba
Jun 29, 2018 Ann Bodge
Jun 29, 2018 Sylvia Severi
Jun 29, 2018 Karen Bellen
Jun 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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