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 are underway, yet a dark cloud hangs over the usually cheerful Olympic Games. News broke that the Sochi government has 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.
U.S. Olympic athlete Gus Kenworthy is doing his part to help the stray dogs of Sochi. When Kenworthy came across four puppies and their mother, he just couldnt leave them behind. He revealed that he is making arrangements to have them sent back to the U.S. and has already lined up kennels and vaccination appointments. Shelter volunteers in Sochi are hoping that more Olympic athletes and spectators will follow in Kenworthys footsteps and help the animals in need.