Not Welcome in Sochi: Gays and Stray Dogs

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In some non-gay rights related Sochi news, Russia is planning a mass killing of stray dogs in preparation for the Winter Olympic Games.

Thousands of stray dogs have been living amid the mud and rubble of Sochi’s Olympic construction sites, roaming the streets for some food and a few pats. But the Olympic organizers are concerned these strays could become an eye sore to visiting tourists and athletes so they’ve turned to a new company to dispose of the problem.

A pest control company revealed it had a contract to exterminate or “catch and dispose” of stray dogs throughout the Olympics. After a stray dog interrupted last week’s dress rehearsal for the Olympic opening ceremony, Olympic authorities decided enough was enough and told the local pest control company to up their dog killing game.

Alexei Sorokin, director general of pest control firm Basya Services, said his company is involved in what he described as the “catching and disposing” of dogs – an apparently common practice in Russia. Sorokin refused to reveal how the dogs were being killed and what was being done with their carcasses, but he did stress that dogs pose a major safety hazard.

Thousands of stray dogs are roaming the streets of Sochi, Sorokin said, and some of them are “biting children.”

“A dog ran into the Fisht Stadium, we took it away,” he said. “God forbid something like this happens at the actual opening ceremony. This will be a disgrace for the whole country.”

I think it’s a little too late to be worrying about Russia disgracing itself at the Olympics… but perhaps a shelter would be a slightly more humane way of dealing with the issue?

Last year, when Sochi initially announced a contract “to catch and dispose” of stray dogs, animal activists lost their sh*t. In fact, so much sh*t was lost that the authorities decided to forgo poisoning the animals and instead build animal shelters for the stray dogs. After all, I’m sure they could spare some of the $51 billion Olympic budget for a few shelters. But activists say there is no evidence that a shelter has been built – but there is plenty of evidence that a pest control firm was awarded a contract to dispose of the dogs.

An Olympic official has finally responded to the new reports of stray dogs being euthanized in preparation for the Games, saying the animals are instead being “relocated.” Relocated to a mass grave far away from the Olympic tourists…

Via: NY Daily News

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