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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: 110,216
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

Jun 27, 2016 Rebecca Rodriguez
Jun 26, 2016 Angel Ruppert
Jun 25, 2016 Becky Marek
Jun 23, 2016 Sylvia Gomez
Jun 23, 2016 Trang Nguyen
Jun 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 23, 2016 Salina Eversole I am deeply sadden that it is so easy to kill animals. If anything is caged it will want to escape it is only nature. So stop acting like the wild animals want to amused , they want to be free..
Jun 23, 2016 Chris Moore The Olympic games are not what they used to be OR what they should be.Evicting people from their homes (low income families of course) and killing animals so visitors won't see the "dark side" of preparations is sick.I'd rather see the games canceled.
Jun 23, 2016 sue trowbridge This is disgusting.
Jun 23, 2016 Heather Newton I am disgusted by the use of wild animals in publicity stunts period!
Jun 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 23, 2016 martine lavaud
Jun 23, 2016 Linda Grimm
Jun 23, 2016 tracy britton another innocent animal killed due to human stupidity
Jun 23, 2016 Kelly Creagmile
Jun 22, 2016 Jieun Bak
Jun 22, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2016 Susan Bergman When, when, are you going to learn.....animals are not to be used for our folly!!!
Jun 22, 2016 Cameryn Ouimette This is animal cruelty. An innocent animal had to be murdered. We arrest people for killing others. Why don't we do the same to those who put innocent animals like the now deceased Jaguar, in prison? The animals need to be protected as much as we are.
Jun 22, 2016 Nancy Murphy
Jun 22, 2016 (Name not displayed) What is wrong with you people? You put the animal in a bad situation, next to fire, restrained on a lease! Then he is shot, when he is not handled properly and gets free! It is not the animal's fault, and yet he is dead!
Jun 22, 2016 David Eric Horrible, horrible. They should be made to pay the $90,000!! Poor animal. Getting tired of fellow humans thinking that animals are expendable
Jun 22, 2016 Jessica Bunker
Jun 22, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2016 Linda Rowland
Jun 22, 2016 (Name not displayed) Dear IOC, I will not watch the olympics because of the terror it exhibits to local communities, people and animals. Thank you
Jun 22, 2016 Kaitlin Alexander I'm willing to sign for the greater good (:
Jun 22, 2016 carolyn metzger
Jun 22, 2016 Shari Taylor
Jun 22, 2016 Dawn Young
Jun 22, 2016 Jamie Bonk
Jun 22, 2016 Victoria Whitewood
Jun 22, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2016 Carol Graham this is unbelievable. How cruel could you have been, and didn't even ASK to do this!
Jun 22, 2016 Stacy Groves
Jun 22, 2016 nancy britten
Jun 22, 2016 (Name not displayed) I'm sickened and disgust
Jun 22, 2016 Sheryl Segraves This should have never happened. It was not the animal's fault; once again, humans put animals' lives at risk for entertainment. This must stop now!!
Jun 22, 2016 Mary Hyder
Jun 22, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2016 Jamie Selby This is absolutely unacceptable. Please levy the maximum fine against the Brazilian Committee, and ensure that the Code of Ethics in future Games includes prohibitions against the use of captive wild animals and any inhumane treatment of any animal.
Jun 22, 2016 Waldo Kuhn
Jun 22, 2016 Janet Sparks
Jun 22, 2016 doralisa suriel
Jun 22, 2016 Billy Dee
Jun 22, 2016 Bethany Rausch
Jun 22, 2016 (Name not displayed) Olympics are a waste of time and because of them a gorgeous animal is dead
Jun 22, 2016 (Name not displayed) I refuse to support the Olympics or purchase anything pertaining to them from now on. I have shared this all over Facebook
Jun 22, 2016 Ellen McCann

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