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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: 110,427
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

Aug 27, 2016 Rose Minasian
Aug 27, 2016 Carla Horn
Aug 27, 2016 Candice Baynes
Aug 26, 2016 John Ingram
Aug 25, 2016 Janice Foster I cannot and will not support the Olympic Games or participate in viewing them until the IOC takes action in unified stand to protect the welfare of animals and make it a PRIORITY.!!
Aug 24, 2016 Claudia Moorman
Aug 24, 2016 Anne-Britt Ose Kaltun
Aug 24, 2016 Suzie Eisenstein
Aug 24, 2016 Leslie Perritt
Aug 23, 2016 Lorenzo Aparicio SHAME ON YOU!!!
Aug 23, 2016 Lisa Masso
Aug 23, 2016 Kimberly DeMarois
Aug 22, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 21, 2016 Camryn Lee Shame on you, do your job and protect our canine companions, stop the killing of our precious animal brethren.
Aug 21, 2016 Agi Bako Please add this important message to your Code of Ethics
Aug 20, 2016 ADELINE CHAN
Aug 20, 2016 Deborah Jones
Aug 20, 2016 Virginia Dempsey
Aug 20, 2016 marie Dupouy
Aug 20, 2016 Alexandra D. Pappano
Aug 20, 2016 Jane Powell
Aug 20, 2016 Sam McLeod
Aug 19, 2016 Flavia Perizzolo
Aug 19, 2016 Rachael Pappano
Aug 19, 2016 Jodi Shannon
Aug 18, 2016 Susan Brittain
Aug 18, 2016 Anne Montarou
Aug 18, 2016 Ivana Dzobova
Aug 17, 2016 Juanice Burroughs
Aug 17, 2016 Elizabeth Keenan
Aug 17, 2016 Colleen McGovern
Aug 16, 2016 Roger Williams
Aug 16, 2016 Jennifer Shifflett
Aug 16, 2016 Karin Borjesson
Aug 16, 2016 Linda Shifflett
Aug 15, 2016 Kimberly Mills
Aug 15, 2016 Steven Mensching
Aug 15, 2016 Amanda Bridgeman
Aug 15, 2016 Olga Espinosa
Aug 15, 2016 Barbara Jones Please help all animals
Aug 15, 2016 Cindy Neisen
Aug 15, 2016 Ingrid Taylor
Aug 15, 2016 mike lyons
Aug 15, 2016 Patti Mealy
Aug 15, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 15, 2016 Kim Thompson
Aug 15, 2016 Ad Lenders
Aug 14, 2016 Danielle Bhajaria
Aug 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2016 Ellen w

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