Update: RU Billionaire Rushing To Save Sochi Strays!
Here’s an update on the Sochi Olympic strays running for their lives! A dog shelter backed by a Russian billionaire is on a frantic last-ditch dog run to save hundreds of strays facing a certain death at the Sochi Winter Olympics – the clock is ticking!
Dogs are being exterminated at a fast clip – the going rate is $25-$35 per tail. Hundreds have already been picked up or shot.
“We were told, ‘Either you take all the dogs from the Olympic Village or we will shoot them,’ ” said Olga Melnikova, who is coordinating the rescue effort on behalf of a charity called Volnoe Delo (roughly, Good Will), which is financed by Oleg V. Deripaska, one of Russia’s billionaire oligarchs.
Spasibo Vam – Oleg V. Deripaska & Volnoe Delo!
Please read the following for more details: Racing To Save Dogs Roaming Sochi
Animal Fair Media Article Posted: 2/5/2014
As the Olympic games draw near, the Russian city of Sochi has contracted a firm to come in and kill all the stray dogs so they don’t bother Sochi’s new visitors — or even wander into an Olympic event.
A pest control company that has been killing stray dogs in Sochi, Russia for years recently told The Associated Press on Monday that it has a contract to exterminate more of the animals throughout the Olympics.
Alexei Sorokin, Director General of pest control firm Basya Services, said his company is involved in what he described as the “catching and disposing” of dogs. Sorokin refused to specify whether they shoot or poison dogs or say where they take the carcasses. “Let’s call things by their real name. These dogs are biological trash,” owner Sorokin told ABC News in a phone interview. Really?
“Thousands of stray dogs are roaming the streets of Sochi,” Sorokin said, and some of them are “biting children.” Sorokin claims he attended a rehearsal of the Olympic opening ceremony last week and saw a stray dog walking in on the performers. “A dog ran into the Fisht Stadium, we took it away,” he said. “God forbid something like this happens at the actual opening ceremony. This will be a disgrace for the whole country.”
Stray dogs are not uncommon in Sochi and neighboring areas, and many tend to gather near construction sites where they are likely to get food and shelter from workers. They have even been able to get inside the Olympic Park.
Sergei Krivonosov, a lawmaker from the Krasnodar region, last year supported the dog culling. Krivonosov said taking the dogs off the street was Russia’s “responsibility to the international community and that their elimination is the quickest way to solve this problem.” He conceded, however, that this is “not the most humane way” of dealing with the problem and said that authorities should encourage dog shelters.
Sochi city hall last year announced a contract “to catch and dispose” of stray dogs in Sochi but animal activists vehemently protested the move. Authorities pledged to give up the practice and build animal shelters for stray dogs instead, but they never did, of course.
Sorokin was very secretive about how his company kills the dogs and disposes of the corpses, although he claims that their methods aren’t cruel. He also refused to say how many dogs his company kills each year, saying that information is “a commercial secret.”
The idea of killing stray dogs isn’t an unpopular one in Russia. There’s definitely a problem with large numbers of homeless dogs wandering the streets of urban areas. Few dogs are neutered or spayed, and many are simply abandoned by their owners. In Moscow, they’ve even become a common sight riding the subway system, getting on and off at particular stops as easily as human passengers. Some people have taken to leaving poisoned meat out to kill stray dogs. Shootings have also become common.
Animal activist Dina Filippova is among the opponents of the latest dog-culling plan, saying city authorities are using the Olympics as an excuse to cover an ongoing practice.
“We should understand that it is done not only before the Olympics but constantly,” she told the AP in an interview in downtown Sochi, where she was trying to find homes for seven puppies she recently rescued near the Olympic Park. “Two killers from that company work for the city to kill 300 dogs a month.”
“It is not humane,” she added. “There is a humane way of solving the problem of stray dogs which is used in Europe and the United States and even in some countries of the former Soviet Union — that is a mass sterilization which eventually leads to no stray dogs on the streets.”
It seems quite barbaric in the year 2014 that destroying animals is still an option, especially with worldwide social media and global animal rescue campaigns everywhere. It appears that Sochi and Russia prefer to take the brutal way of removing the homeless animals before the Olympics, instead of finding them shelter. Many animal advocates are calling for a boycott of the Olympics until Sochi finds a better way to take care of this situation. There’s always more humane solutions. People in positions of power should truly care, take the time, and think before acting inhumanely – there are four-legged lives at stake.
Please Bark About It – Post, like and share with friends and family. Let’s tell Russia and Sochi to stop playing killing games with these innocent dogs, that’s not what the Olympic games are about or represent!
Here’s How You Can Help!
Animal activists at Change.org have written a petition for everyone to copy and send to the Mayor of Sochi: email@example.com, the Organization of Olympic Winter Games: firstname.lastname@example.org, the Russian Olympic Committee: email@example.com, and an extensive list of Olympic sponsors.