John M. Becker

Sochi Killing Stray Dogs to Prepare for Olympics

Filed By John M. Becker | February 03, 2014 4:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: animal abuse, animal cruelty, dogs, extermination, heartbreaking, Olympics, Olympics 2014, Russia, Sochi, Sochi 2014, stray dogs

rosie-feb-1-14.JPGA two-week infomercial for a quasi-dictatorial, appallingly anti-LGBT regime; the risk of terrorist attacks; the capture and enslavement of orcas for the bemusement of spectators: there's lots to be horrified about when it comes to the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

If the above list wasn't appalling enough, though, here's one more item to add: they're killing stray dogs to get them out of the way before the Games.

ABC News reports:

The city of Sochi has quietly hired a private company to kill as many of its stray dogs as possible ahead of the upcoming Winter Olympics, ABC News has learned. The city's move came after it publicly backed off plans to do so last year amid outrage from animal rights groups.

The owner of the company, Alexei Sorokin, told ABC News by phone that he did not know how many dogs his company has culled so far and would not say when it was hired by the city of Sochi. He suggested the strays posed a threat to the games.

"Imagine, if during an Olympic games, a ski jumper landed at 130 kilometres an hour [over 80 mph] and a dog runs into him when he lands. It would be deadly for both a jumper and for the stray dog," he said...

Sorokin said his company generally uses poisons and traps, but denied suggestions of animal cruelty. He said his company is the largest of its kind in Russia, but the practice of hunting stray dogs has become common throughout the country.

Animal rights groups, pet owners, and compassionate human beings in Moscow and across the country are understandably outraged, but Sorokin shows no remorse. In fact, his remarks suggest he feels nothing but contempt for the animals he's exterminating. "Let's call things by their real name," Sorokin said to ABC News. "These dogs are biological trash."

If this is the way they treat man's best friend in Russia -- as "biological trash" to be discarded at will -- it's no surprise that they don't treat vulnerable human minority groups very much better.

Above, Rosie the rescue dog can't understand why the city of Sochi wants to kill her cousins.

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