Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sochi Olympics not keen on Dogs

The city of Sochi has hired a private company to kill as many stray dogs as possible before the Winter Olympics, it has been claimed. 
Describing the animals as ‘biological trash’, the owner of the company has reportedly admitted being tasked with using poison and traps to rid the city of stray dogs before thousands of tourists and competitors arrive for the Games’ opening ceremony next Friday.
The news will anger animal rights campaigners who thought Sochi officials had abandoned plans to exterminate the stray dogs following widespread protests last year. 
Speaking to ABC News, the owner of Basia Services extermination company Alexei Sorokin claimed the animals were a realistic threat to the Games. 
‘Imagine if during an Olympic Games a ski jumper landed at 130KPH (80 MPH) and a dog runs into him when he lands. It would be deadly for both the jumper and the stray dog,’ he said.
Describing his work as a public service to prevent ‘an epidemic of rabies’, Sorokin added: ‘I am for the right of people to walk the streets without fear of being attacked by packs of dogs’. 
Although he denied suggestions of animal cruelty, Sorokin admitted his company mainly uses poison and traps to kill the dogs, before adding: ‘Let’s call these things by their real name. These dogs are biological trash’.
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