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In March 2014, the Animal Rescue Site mailed almost 100,000 signatures in support of this petition to the International Olympics Committee. While we await their response, you can still make a difference by adding your name to the petition and demand the IOC make animal welfare a priority in future Olympic games.
Goal: 125,000 Progress: 110,529
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

Tell the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that mistreatment and killing of animals is not an acceptable way to prepare for the Olympic Games.

The Winter Olympics in Sochi have passed, yet a dark cloud still hovers over the Olympic Games. Before and during the event, the Sochi government implemented efforts to remove stray dogs from the city, and the methods used were less than humane. Instead of sending the dogs to shelters or implementing a spay/neuter program, the government hired dog catchers who began shooting the dogs with poisoned darts before heaving them - dead or alive - into trucks for disposal.

Various animal rescue organizations have tried to help by giving some strays a temporary home in a shelter, but more needs to be done in order to prevent future useless killings. Those dogs in the shelter are safe, for now. Unfortunately, the many dogs still roaming the streets in Sochi might not be so lucky. We need to ensure that this type of ineffective, last-minute, and inhumane preparation effort never mars the site of an Olympic event again.

Please tell the IOC to immediately and publicly condemn the Sochi stray dog killings, and to recommend that the Sochi city government cease and desist from this activity. Demand that the IOC add to their binding Code of Ethics that future host cities must neither conduct nor condone the inhumane treatment of animals in order to prepare for an Olympic event.

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Dear International Olympic Committee,

The start of the Olympic games in Sochi has uncovered a disturbing practice of removing the stray dogs that roam the streets in order to prepare for the crowds and media that the games bring to a city. This type of inhumane treatment of animals should never be allowed, especially in a city that was given the honor to host the Olympic games.

There are many humane methods that can be used in order to control the stray dog population, and none of them include hiring dog catchers to kill animals using poisoned darts. You need to make sure that every city knows that the IOC does not condone this type of harmful behavior, and will not accept it in the future.

You have the power to ban this sort of activity from any future host cities. Please add this important message to your Code of Ethics: Future host cities must neither conduct nor condone the inhumane treatment of animals in order to prepare for an Olympic event.


Petition Signatures

Sep 25, 2016 vicky hoagland
Sep 25, 2016 lia onda
Sep 25, 2016 Basabi Banerjee
Sep 24, 2016 Tom Riley Please protect the strays
Sep 24, 2016 Hudson Strive I love helping animals
Sep 24, 2016 kiki stachtidou
Sep 23, 2016 Patty Hart
Sep 23, 2016 Babette Martijn
Sep 23, 2016 C Morrow
Sep 23, 2016 T Macvean
Sep 23, 2016 zana midmore
Sep 23, 2016 Kim Fox
Sep 23, 2016 Mary Mitchell
Sep 23, 2016 Kari Lindewirth
Sep 23, 2016 misty carr
Sep 22, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2016 Frances Bathory
Sep 20, 2016 Lorri Goldman
Sep 20, 2016 Marlena Lovewell
Sep 19, 2016 B. den Boer
Sep 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 18, 2016 Annabelle BLAISE
Sep 17, 2016 gary smith
Sep 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2016 Olena Burym
Sep 16, 2016 candace christensen
Sep 16, 2016 karen morrow
Sep 16, 2016 Jolanda Soethaert
Sep 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2016 Elizabeth Sanoff
Sep 16, 2016 Elena Caddell
Sep 15, 2016 jacqueline laude
Sep 15, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2016 Donn Harrell
Sep 15, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2016 Barbara Smuts
Sep 14, 2016 Richard Lebon Help these poor dogs,by sterelizing them,instead of killing.
Sep 14, 2016 Victoria Huddleston
Sep 14, 2016 Alex Lang
Sep 13, 2016 Julia Senkała
Sep 13, 2016 Nadja Vollbracht
Sep 13, 2016 Mary Hageman
Sep 13, 2016 Cynthia Mahlin
Sep 12, 2016 Jenna Harris
Sep 12, 2016 Anne Defays
Sep 12, 2016 Hanna Augustyn
Sep 12, 2016 Michelle Wilson
Sep 11, 2016 Renee Wilson
Sep 11, 2016 Patricia Lewis
Sep 10, 2016 Albena Iordanova

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