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Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

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

Apr 21, 2018 Becky Marek
Apr 21, 2018 Nina Carey
Apr 21, 2018 Eve Prussner
Apr 21, 2018 Tiffany Blenis
Apr 21, 2018 Sharon Lacoste Let's see if I understand. Money is better spent on killing than on sterilization (the latter without cruelty). Really?! Well, now we know how impoverished the Russian mind is.
Apr 21, 2018 Nelson Nunes
Apr 21, 2018 Lynn Brown
Apr 21, 2018 Karena Harmon
Apr 21, 2018 AÍDA Schvartzman
Apr 21, 2018 Holly Muns
Apr 21, 2018 Brandy Murrell
Apr 21, 2018 Brandy Moore
Apr 21, 2018 Rhonda Druhan
Apr 21, 2018 Heidi Maseduca
Apr 21, 2018 Meghann Danley
Apr 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2018 ian hannon
Apr 21, 2018 Arturo Villarreal
Apr 21, 2018 Marija Brangjolica
Apr 21, 2018 vicki bingo
Apr 21, 2018 Cecelia Mondoc
Apr 21, 2018 Jill Turco
Apr 21, 2018 Tami Krivit
Apr 21, 2018 (Name not displayed) Come on show some compassion.
Apr 21, 2018 Chanel Moore
Apr 21, 2018 Natalya Sapko
Apr 21, 2018 James Scotto
Apr 21, 2018 Joanna Prideaux
Apr 21, 2018 Anne Aguilera
Apr 21, 2018 Jennifer Bonomo
Apr 21, 2018 Rita Vergara
Apr 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2018 Lou Gephart
Apr 21, 2018 E E Stop killing.
Apr 21, 2018 Mary Lee
Apr 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2018 Ulrika Grönstedt
Apr 21, 2018 Paul Henderson
Apr 21, 2018 Gina Stefanske This practice of killing innocent animals in such horrific ways needs to stop NOW! These poor animals need your HELP, NOT your torture! People need to be held accountable for any ABUSE towards these innocent animals!
Apr 21, 2018 Alicia Farré
Apr 21, 2018 Angie Valdez
Apr 21, 2018 Alvin Carrier
Apr 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2018 Susan Tripoli
Apr 21, 2018 Katha Kerr
Apr 21, 2018 Nydia Rivera
Apr 21, 2018 Brenda Moffatt
Apr 21, 2018 Tatiana Pavlova
Apr 21, 2018 Charmaine Henriques

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