Killing of Dogs in Sochi: They're 'Biological Trash'


Killing dogs will be the new “sport” in the Olympic Village in Sochi.

A pest control company, which has been killing stray dogs in Sochi for years, told The Associated Press on Monday that it has a contract to exterminate more of the dogs throughout the Olympics. 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”. Sorokin refused to specify whether they shoot or poison dogs or say where they take the carcasses.

This decision to “cull” the stray dogs could be the worst political blunder of all, among a long list of them.  Certainly, whether it is poison or shooting, a humane solution doesn’t appear to be on the table.

How can they do this? Well, the shelter infrastructure throughout much of Russia is minimal or doesn’t even exist.

Sorokin’s company operates in the Krasnodar region, which encompasses Sochi and the neighboring area. Sorokin refused to say how many dogs they kill a year, calling it “a commercial secret.”

An Olympic official has responding to new reports of stray dogs being euthanized at the 2014 Sochi Games, saying the animals are instead being “relocated.”

However, that’s not really the case, according to animal activist Dina Filippov,  among the opponents of the latest dog-culling plan, saying city authorities are using the Olympics as an excuse to cover an ongoing practice. “We should understand that it is done not only before the Olympics but constantly,” she told the AP in an interview in downtown Sochi, where she was trying to find homes for seven puppies she recently rescued near the Olympic Park. “Two killers from that company work for the city to kill 300 dogs a month.”

According to the AP story,  the dogs have been causing numerous problems,  including “biting children.” Though, it’s unclear that the dogs are actually any threat, and that these attacks even took place.
“I am for the right of people to walk the streets without fear of being attacked by packs of dogs,” Sorokin  told ABC news.

Sorokin displayed a clear disdain for the strays.“Let’s call things by their real name. These dogs are “biological trash,” he said.

He added  he was stunned last week when he attended a rehearsal for the opening ceremony and saw a stray dog walking in on the performers. “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.”

Right? So, killing the dogs – particularly by shooting or poison – isn’t disgraceful?

Here’s what’s disgraceful: The Olympics are about competition, but also about humanity, or that’s what they’ll say in the opening ceremony. Apparently, the definition of humanity is different in Russia. But I suppose that statement may not be news.

There are currently several Internet petitions, here’s one.