Death Sentence For Dogs Ahead Of Winter Games
IFAW repeatedly offered to help the Environment Department of the Sochi 2014 Olympics Organizing Committee develop and implement a humane and sustainable plan for managing the community’s roaming dog population.
“We knew that Sochi officials were feeling time pressure in the lead up to the Games, so we explicitly offered assistance almost a year ago – yet our offers have been met with resounding silence,” said Kate Atema, director of IFAW’s Companion Animal Program.
“Culling dogs in Sochi is quite simply the wrong thing to do. It is ineffective and inhumane and makes a mockery of the Sochi claim to be an Olympic event ‘in harmony with nature’.”
Visitors to Sochi would be appalled to know that the city officials attempted to ‘clean-up’ a perceived dog problem by a mass killing.
IFAW calls on officials to immediately halt plans to cull dogs and to accept the offer of assistance to find humane alternatives that will benefit the people and animals of Sochi for the long term.
IFAW-Russia has been working on stray dog issues in Russia for more than 15 years, including working closely with the Moscow’s Mayor’s Office to end the practice of killing stray dogs in Moscow.