Russian Olympic Host City to Exterminate Stray Cats and Dogs

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MOSCOW - Russia's Olympic host city of Sochi ran into controversy Thursday after the city authorities announced a plan to exterminate more than 2,000 stray cats and dogs ahead of the Games next year.



In a tender posted online this month, the Black Sea resort city that is hosting Winter Olympic Games in February 2014 asked companies to bid for a contract to "dispose" of 2,028 stray cats and dogs by the end of this year.

The city is overrun with packs of stray animals that have sometimes attacked children, a spokesman for the Sochi city authorities told AFP.

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The authorities asked for bidders to organise squads that would operate between 5 am and 8 am and offered to pay 1.7 million rubles ($57,000) for their services.

Local activists staged a protest at the weekend calling for the animals to be sterilised or put into a shelter.

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"When you translate bureaucratic language to human language, the term 'disposal' means 'murder,' wrote the Trud newspaper, slamming the "slaughterhouse" plan.

The tender has now fallen through as no bids were made, said the city spokesman.

"(The tender) led to a lot of criticism, but we are not cruel, we are trying to solve this problem," he said.

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"We have packs of animals in the city, sometimes they attack children. Often these animals are sick, they carry disease."

The city is now planning to build an animal shelter, the first in the city, and a new tender will focus on sterilisation rather than "disposing" of strays, he said.

Over 60 percent of Russians keep pets, according to a 2011 poll, with cats and dogs overwhelmingly popular but rarely neutered by owners.

Russia is pulling out all the stops to host the 2014 Winter Games in a $50 billion national prestige project to redevelop and showcase Sochi.

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weupynder

How they are so worried about the children now that the Olympics are coming to town. About as low as it can get, using children to gain sympathy for their plan to slaughter the helpless animals. Pitiful excuses for human beings.

April 18 2013 at 10:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
drummerboy

WHAT AN INHUMANE WORLD WE LIVE IN......HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT EVERYTIME THE OLYMPICS BEGIN THAT THE HOSTING COUNTRIES DECIDE TO SLAUGHTER ITS STRAYS??? SHAME ON US...........................

April 18 2013 at 10:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mspanda129

US broadcasters are you listening? Do something about this heartless nation or we will boycott!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 18 2013 at 9:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mspanda129

US broadcasters are you listening? Do something or we will boycott!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 18 2013 at 9:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TALK TO THE HOOF

Do you think china was any better. Well there they may have eaten them instead. Perhaps everyone should be more outraged that it takes a world event to make them clean up what is little more than animal abuse.

April 18 2013 at 6:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
talkinturtles

ok, seriously, if there are that many strays, what are they going to do with them? keep them in a shelter forever? who is going to support them? the article said children had been attacked by strays..... is it really that inhumane to put them asleep and out of their misery?

April 18 2013 at 6:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
francescasellsre

I WILL NEVER VISIT RUSSIA>> INHUMANE<<< THE WORLD IS WATCHNIG!!!!!!! DISGRACEFUL

April 18 2013 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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