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Unread 01-31-2014, 09:11 PM   #1
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Wonderful, just wonderful And it angers me just as much that they are calling this horrid practice "euthanization", when it clearly is not "... to kill (a person or animal) painlessly, to relieve suffering from an incurable illness"

"SOCHI — The city of Sochi has quietly hired a private company to kill as many of its stray dogs as possible ahead of the upcoming Winter Olympics, ABC News has learned. The city’s move came after it publicly backed off plans to do so last year amid outrage from animal rights groups.
The owner of the company, Alexei Sorokin, told ABC News by phone that he did not know how many dogs his company has culled so far and would not say when it was hired by the city of Sochi. He suggested the strays posed a threat to the games.
“Imagine, if during an Olympic games, a ski jumper landed at 130 kilometres an hour [over 80 mph] and a dog runs into him when he lands. It would be deadly for both a jumper and for the stray dog,” he said.
“Dogs must be taken off the streets even if that means putting them to sleep,” he added.
Sorokin said his company generally uses poisons and traps, but denied suggestions of animal cruelty. He said his company is the largest of its kind in Russia, but the practice of hunting stray dogs has become common throughout the country.
In Moscow, animal rights groups and pet owners have battled against so-called “dog hunters” — vigilantes who leave poison-laced meat in parks to kill off strays. The dog hunters say the strays are dangerous and have to be taken off the streets.
Sorokin described similar fears, saying the city has “an epidemic of rabies.” He described his work as a public service.
“I am for the right of people to walk the streets without fear of being attacked by packs of dogs,” he said.
Yet Sorokin also displayed a clear disdain for the strays.
“Let’s call things by their real name. These dogs are biological trash,” he said.
The homeless canines are a visible presence all around the city, as they are throughout Russia, where sterilization is not common and some owners simply abandon the animals in the street.
“Russia, in general, has irresponsible dog owners who, when they get bored of their home pet experiment, kick them out on the street,” Sorokin said. “So parks are dumping grounds for unwanted dogs. We end up with many stray dogs who pose a threat to population.”
The mayor’s office did not respond to calls by ABC News seeking comment.
Sorokin noted that the city has tried other means to control the stray dog population, including trying to work with animal adoption agencies."


Sochi Culling Stray Dogs Ahead of the Olympics - ABC News
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He calls the strays "biological trash", but then describes the origin of the strays as being from people who are fed up with "their home pet experiment...".

So if the strays are "biological trash" then what are the humans that kick them out? "Irresponsible"? Really? That's it? So the humans get off with a very mild name-calling and the dogs get off with...O', wait they get fed poisoned meat and die a horrible death.

He doesn't even say they euthanize them. They use poison to kill them (probably rat poison) which is in no way "euthanasia".


Despicable. More reasons to have issues with that country.

Alright, maybe I shouldn't be harsh on the entire country. More tasks for my "When/If I one day rule the world" list. Not even sure what I could do. I don't plan on watching the Sochi Olympics nor do I care one bit about them. Also, I don't have any desire whatsoever to spend my money in Russia--ever. Still doesn't feel like enough.

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This is so ghastly and terrible, that I couldn't respond to it when I first read it. I still can't verbalize my horror. Why would they choose such a terrible place to have the Olympics?! I usually watch the Olympics, but will not do so this year. I would be doing nothing but thinking about those poor dogs.

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Just terrible!
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We now have an 'update'..a 'clarification'... why am I so very suspicious....

Sochi Olympics officials says stray dogs being relocated, not killed - latimes.com
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They did it for Athens, too.

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They did it for Athens, too.
Really? I would like to to see a reference to that as it didn't garner any publicity.
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Top of the Google results:

Athens Stray Dogs Rounded Up Ahead of Olympics

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Greeks to poison up to 15,000 stray dogs before the Olympics - Telegraph

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Really? I would like to to see a reference to that as it didn't garner any publicity.
Same here.

Lappdog, we must have been posting our comments at the same time. The first link gave hope that the dogs were going to be taken care of. Didn't read the 2nd one. The third one evidently told the truth of the end result.

What is this world coming to?! Why would a supposed civilized town or country even allow such a terrible situation as 1000's of stray dogs roaming the streets, not being taken care of with shelters, vaccinations, and spay/neutering programs to occur? Why do not all areas have laws like other countries do to protect animals?

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