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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: 110,714
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

Dec 8, 2016 Dawn Giroux
Dec 8, 2016 Christopher Ryan
Dec 6, 2016 Angela Taillez
Dec 6, 2016 Karen Glennan-West
Dec 6, 2016 Marilyn Figueroa
Dec 6, 2016 Jessica Wolf
Dec 4, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 4, 2016 Bente Petersen
Dec 4, 2016 Pam turner
Dec 4, 2016 Pamela Rodden
Dec 4, 2016 Lara Hembom
Dec 3, 2016 Debra Dragonheart
Dec 3, 2016 r Downie
Dec 2, 2016 Deborah Smith Dogs love their humans and deserve to be shown love in return
Dec 2, 2016 Mary C Arndt
Dec 2, 2016 Karen Drum
Dec 1, 2016 Audra O'Leary
Nov 29, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 29, 2016 Melinda Williamson
Nov 27, 2016 Annette Re
Nov 26, 2016 Cinzia Moore
Nov 24, 2016 Marie Armandy
Nov 22, 2016 Robert Chacon
Nov 20, 2016 J Russert
Nov 20, 2016 Brian Tercha
Nov 20, 2016 Brenda Allen
Nov 20, 2016 Murry Caetano
Nov 20, 2016 Sasha Verhoeve
Nov 19, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 19, 2016 sandra baptistela
Nov 18, 2016 Argelia Bravo
Nov 18, 2016 georgeta burca
Nov 18, 2016 chang muly
Nov 17, 2016 Alyse Vasil
Nov 17, 2016 Kathleen Zoll
Nov 16, 2016 Ingrid Brown
Nov 15, 2016 Lisa Porter
Nov 15, 2016 Sally Hughes
Nov 15, 2016 Nicky M
Nov 15, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 15, 2016 melissa mortenson
Nov 14, 2016 Susan Dunfee
Nov 14, 2016 Jan Repp
Nov 14, 2016 Anne S.
Nov 14, 2016 Tammy Norris
Nov 14, 2016 Sharon brink
Nov 14, 2016 Wendy Johnston
Nov 14, 2016 Jane Llewellyn
Nov 13, 2016 Gen Agustsson
Nov 12, 2016 Ronnah Johnson

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