Lucy Wang

Sochi Rounds Up Stray Dogs for Slaughter, Calls them Biological Trash

by , 02/05/14
filed under: Animals, News

sochi, olympic games, stray dogs, mass killings, mass euthanasia, biological trash, animal activists, stray dog population, basia services, pest control, animal shelters,

While Sochi’s security forces are on high alert against potential terrorist attacks, there’s a different kind of horror sweeping the Russian city’s streets. In preparation for the Olympic Games, the city officials are determined to get rid of Sochi’s massive stray dog population and they have reportedly turned to mass killings as the cheapest and most efficient solution. Sochi has hired Alexei Sorokin, owner of a local pest control firm Basia Services, to handle the stray dogs, or, as Sorokin calls them: “biological trash.”



sochi, olympic games, stray dogs, mass killings, mass euthanasia, biological trash, animal activists, stray dog population, basia services, pest control, animal shelters,

When the government first announced its plans for mass euthanasia last year, officials decided to change their tune in the wake of protests and international criticism. At the time, authorities responded by saying that the animals would not be killed. Instead, the dogs would be rounded up and sent to special shelters for medical examinations. Activists, however, have asserted that no such shelters exist and that the Olympic games are just one of the more recent excuses for Sochi’s long-time practice for the mass killings.

In an interview with ABC News, Sorokin justifies his extermination methods by claiming that the thousands of roaming dogs pose a danger to visiting tourists and to the Olympic games. He cited one recent incident when a stray dog wandered into an Olympic opening ceremony rehearsal, calling it a potential “disgrace for the whole country.”

Via Huffington Post

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5 Comments

  1. Alexandra Ekdahl February 10, 2014 at 2:50 am

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

    ― Mahatma Gandhi

  2. Mrjazzitup February 6, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    please, give me a break. We do this in the US too, we just call it “putting the animal down.” Another euphemism to sensor the sensibilities of fully grown adult humans!
    If the stray animals pose a threat to societal health and well being and the most cost effective and rational thing to do is to eliminate the animals, then what is the problem?? Unless there is an overriding concern or a better and more human way of taking care of the “problem.” then make your arguments heard; otherwise please stop with sensationalized fear mongering.

    And yes, I get it the Russian’s are now barely and only taking care of this problem because the international community cameras are turned on them because of the Olympics and god forbid the western sensibilities are not to be offended.

  3. envirogal February 6, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    The Olympics are a huge, stupid waste of money and resources so a few mostly rich spoiled brats can twirl and prance around showing how great they are. Let’s END them altogeter and not waste any more time or money on these idiotic events.

  4. Jaimie Wallace February 6, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Pretty sure humans are the public health threat.

  5. Dan Rezaiekhaligh February 5, 2014 at 9:22 am

    It’s hard to say. Dogs are cute but no one there gives a damn but we want to cast blame. If you are willing to help pay for the costs of the dogs that is one thing but even PETA would help put these dogs down. If they are a public health threat what options do they really have?

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