The Winter Olympics from Sochi won’t even start until Friday, February 7th, but already the upcoming games are part of the news cycle. First, word came of the threat of terrorism at the event is a very real possibly and second, the country’s negative views of the LBGT community. Now, another controversy is stirring from Sochi, and it has nothing to do with the suspected fake snow and alleged corruption surrounding the event…it’s much worse.
A Russian pest control company has admitted to the Associated Press that Russian officials have hired them to not just capture, but capture and kill the numerous stray dogs throughout the city. If that wasn’t enough, they have already been rounding up and killing stray dogs for a year.
Pest control firm, Basya Services, is the company in charge of the task and though they have refused to reveal how they are killing the dogs, they admit to being involved.
Director general of the firm, Alexi Sorokin, said that there are thousands of dogs roaming throughout the city and some are “biting children.” He went on to say that, during a rehearsal of the opening ceremonies, a stray got into the stadium, “God forbid something like this happens at the actual opening ceremony. This will be a disgrace for the whole country.”
Sorokin refused to say how many dogs they have captured and killed thus far calling it “a commercial secret,” but lawmakers in the area support the project. One lawmaker, Sergei Krivonosov from the Krasnodar region, said this was Russia’s “responsibility to the international community” and then admitted that this was “the quickest way” to solve the problem. He further went on to say it was “not the most humane way” of dealing with the strays.
Sochi authorities pledged to build shelters in an effort to solve the stray dog problem, but activists in the area say there is no evidence of such shelters ever being built.
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