Stop the Massacre of the Homeless Animals in Sochi for Winter Olympics 2014
Mr.Pakhomov(Mayor of Sochi) had clearly stated that it would be in the city's best interest to simply exterminate the stray animal population. He also stated that there has been a prize money issued for every dead stray animal of 800 rubles (~$20).
Please help to stop this massacre!
WE MUST ACT NOW, THERE ARE ONLY 17 DAYS LEFT UNTIL THE START OF THE OLYMPICS. RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT IS EXTERMINATING THESE ANIMALS WITH POISON. THEY ARE KILLING THEM, ALL OF THEM. EVERY DAY WE DELAY, MORE AND MORE OF THESE INNOCENT CREATURES DIE!
Russian city Sochi is allowed to kill about two thousand street dogs and cats for the Winter Olympic Games of 2014.
Animal activists protested for the decision and called for other solutions, such as sterilization.
Also for Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine led reports on the killing of street animals to international outrage and even a boycott of the tournament.
A stray dog is seen on the streets of Sochi on Wednesday Jan. 29, 2014. (Peter Akman/CTV News)
“Every year, just in this municipality, thousands of dog and cats are killed. They are shot, poisoned, even beaten to death with shovels or stabbed with knives. They are hit, kicked and just generally abused.
Some of these animals were people’s pets. Dogs or cats that once lived in a home, then for some reason, released into the city.
The other animals are products of the streets. Litter after litter are born. No food, no medicine, no sterilization. Spraying or neutering these animals is expensive. So, most Russians here don’t do it.”
Yesterday, I spoke with two women who spend their days trying to catch these animals. They then get them healthy: fed, cleaned, vaccinated and sterilized. After that, they find them new homes with families across the country. And they do this for no money. They are volunteers.
In a year and a half, they have saved more than 800 animals.
“For Olympic Guests…this is for you!”
But for each one they save, 10 more are killed.
You see, they are racing against the government. Last year, officials announced the city would be killing 2,000 stray dogs in Sochi.
The reason: ”to keep the tourists and Olympic visitors safe.”
The reaction to the announced cull was swift – condemnation from the SPCA and anger from people across Russia and many other countries. So, the killings were cancelled.
But they weren’t really.
A company has been hired to continue “cleaning the city.” Every night between 1 and 6 a.m., traps are set, poison put out and animals are killed.
“What’s the answer?”. I asked.
Animal rights groups have demanded a shelter be built. The government first said no, but it now seems to be considering allowing a private company to run a shelter. Not surprisingly, that’s the same company it hired to kill the dogs during the night.
Many feel there is only one answer – because of a lack of sterilization, most predict even once all the stray dogs are killed the problem will return, and within a year, the numbers would be right back up.
So maybe the Russians could learn something from Bob Barker: “Have your pets spayed and neutered.” And instead of paying companies to murder these animals, the government could put that money to lowering the cost of “controlling the pet population.”
As per the mayor of Sochi himself, Anatoly Pakhomov, during his latest speech on preparations for the Olympic games, he encouraged the city to take action against all the homeless animals by exterminating them. Not only does he think it is OK to involve the people in this MASSACRE, he applause their enthusiasm by rewarding them with 800 roobles for EACH DEAD STRAY. All this is in the name of the Olympics taking place in his city. It is mind blowing that someone would encourage people to KILL and reward them for it. We strongly believe that there are other methods, less primitive and less barbaric, to take care of the stray population, such as spay/neuter clinics and homeless shelters.
We strongly believe that there are other methods, less primitive and less barbaric, to take care of the stray population, such as spay/neuter clinics and homeless shelters. If the government of Sochi is willing to pay 800 rubles for every dead stray It would only make sense that they are fully capable of opening a shelter and a sterilization clinic.
PLEASE HELP US SAVE THESE ANIMALS. ANY AMOUNT OF MONEY CAN HELP. WE MUST ACT NOW, THERE ARE ONLY 17 DAYS LEFT UNTIL THE START OF THE OLYMPICS. RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT IS EXTERMINATING THESE ANIMALS WITH POISON. THEY ARE KILLING THEM, ALL OF THEM. EVERY DAY WE DELAY, MORE AND MORE OF THESE INNOCENT CREATURES DIE!
THIS HEARTLESS ACT CAN NOT BE STOPPED, BUT WE CAN SAVE AS MANY AS WE CAN.
FOR EVERY DOLLAR YOU DONATE, 7 LARGE RUSSIAN AND USA COMPANIES WILL MATCH DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR EVERY DONATION THAT IS MADE.
OUR PLAN: WE WILL HIRE 20-30 PEOPLE RIGHT AWAY, RENT A BIG, HEATED SPACE, BUY VACCINATIONS, FOOD AND SUPPLIES FOR ALL THE ANIMALS! HIRE 5 PROFESSIONAL VETERINARIANS! ALL SAVED ANIMALS WILL BE PLACED IN THE TEMPORARY SHELTER, GIVEN FOOD, VACCINATIONS, WARMTH AND LOVE THEY NEED! AFTER THAT WE WILL PUT THEM UP FOR ADOPTION IN RUSSIA AND INTERNATIONALLY, WHILE TAKING CARE OF THEM! THIS NEEDS TO BE DONE NOW, BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!
WE ALL MUST COME TOGETHER IN THESE SICKENING TIMES. THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT THESE POOR DEFENSELESS ANIMALS, ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS THEIR PROFITS, THEIR ROADS AND THEIR VENUES, WHILE THEY ARE POISONING THESE DEFENSELESS CREATURES!
EVERY LITTLE BIT WILL HELP, WE HAVE VERY LITTLE TIME, WE HAVE USED UP ALL OUR OWN FUNDS AND NOW HAVE TO TURN TO THE PUBLIC HELP TO SAVE THESE ANIMALS. ACT NOW, DON'T LET THESE DEFENSELESS, HELPLESS CREATURES JUST DIE!
FIGHTING THEM(SOCHI MAYOR, OLYMPIC COMMITTEE) IS USELESS, THEY JUST SIMPLY DON'T CARE, BUT WE CAN SAVE THE ANIMALS, ONE ANIMAL, ONE LIFE AT A TIME!
ACT NOW, BEFORE ITS TOO LATE FOR THESE CREATURES
2014 OLYMPIC PET RESCUE TEAM
AS A GRATITUDE FOR YOUR GENEROSITY YOU WILL RECEIVE FOLLOWING APPRECIATION GIFTS:
DONATION AMOUNT GIFT$100 NAME YOUR RESCUED PET RIGHT
$50 SOCHI OLYMPICS 2014 PET RESCUE TEAM MUG
WITH LOGO AND PICTURE OF A RESCUED ANIMAL
$30 SOCHI OLYMPICS 2014 PET RESCUE TEAM OFFICIAL T-SHIRT
WITH LOGO AND PICTURE OF A RESCUED ANIMAL
$25 SOCHI OLYMPICS 2014 PET RESCUE TEAM PEN
$10 SOCHI OLYMPICS 2014 PET RESCUE TEAM sticker
BUT IT WILL BE NOTHING COMPARED TO THE GOOD FEELING YOU WILL HAVE THAT YOU HAVE SAVED A LIFE!
Mary Ann Gudol