Thousands of dogs may be shot, poisoned to make way for Sochi Olympics

Russian authorities may shoot, or poison, thousands of stray dogs to death this week in order to “clean up” Sochi, Russia for next week’s start of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Of course, the Russians don’t call the strays “dogs,” they call them “biological trash.”

ABC’s Kirit Radia talked to Alexei Sorokin, the head of the company charged with getting rid of Sochi’s thousands of stray dogs.  “Let’s call things by their real name,” Sorokin said. “These dogs are biological trash.”

Stray dogs in Siberia, via Shutterstock

Stray dogs in Siberia, via Shutterstock

Sorokin went on to express the rather odd concern that a dog might run into a skier going 80 miles per hour.

“Imagine, if during an Olympic games, a ski jumper landed at 130 kilometres an hour [over 80 mph] and a dog runs into him when he lands. It would be deadly for both a jumper and for the stray dog,” he said.

Sorokin says that Russians traditionally throw their dogs out on the street when they tire of them. “Russia, in general, has irresponsible dog owners who, when they get bored of their home pet experiment, kick them out on the street,” he told ABC.

AP reports that the city of Sochi had promised last year to build new animal shelters rather than have additional dogs put to death.  That never happened.

The more you learn…


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  • doglover

    ” biological trash” hahahahahahahaha fuck you damn idiot. go kill yourself alexein fucking surokin

  • doglover

    they have damn mental issue. I don’t car about their damn Olympics. milllions of dogs are being killed so that some stupid people would be able to play SPORTS? the what the hell

  • doglover

    thank you. that’s totally fucked up

  • jakcfrank

    what the sochix ?

  • 2patricius2

    This is sick, and sickening.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Yep!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Kiddahs aren’t people. They are aristocats.

  • Zorba

    Oh, I excuse your “crudeness,” k. I am on the same page as you are, my brother.
    It seems to me to be way past time to either reform the Olympics very fundamentally, or to do away with them altogether.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    great video! Thanks

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Yes, and worse. Russia has an historical taste for genocide.

  • Hatfield

    I despise the Olympics and now more than ever. What a fucked up piece of shit it is. I don’t care about those athletes playing sports no one gives a rat’s ass about the other 51 weeks and 99% of the populace hasn’t a clue what they do. But to see some people twirl about on the ice is not worth the death of 1000s of dogs. Is anyone going to ask them about it? Like Coke? Does Coke support the mass extermination of dogs? Maybe they do? And the athletes? I don’t even know one of their names so if it were cancelled it would not impact me in the slightest. It’s just a commercial effort I don’t support.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Herding Russian cats would make an interesting sight!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Pardon the crudeness Zorba, but Russia can put all the lipstick it wants on an Olympic dupa port and it’s still an assh*le.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    ‘Biological trash’—–a good nickname for Putin.

  • Zorba

    As I recall, in advance of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, China displaced many thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, and some reports said even over a million, people and families to make way for the construction related to the Olympics.
    This seems to be the general meme for countries hosting the Olympics. Get rid of your so-called “undesirables” in the surrounding area.
    {{Sigh}}
    Let’s just get rid of everything, human, canine, or whatever, that might not “reflect well” upon the host country, or that would cause athletes and visitors to view something that might possibly “disturb” them, or that might cause business owners to lose money.

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    I’m a cat fan too. :)

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    They did it during the Olympics in Atlanta and Salt Lake City. Ramped up security so the homeless were driven to areas where they couldn’t be seen, and then started enforcing loitering laws to the fullest extent to get as many undesirables off the street as possible. Atlanta even bought one-way bus tickets for homeless people to leave the city. Salt Lake City was accused of the same, but as far as I know nobody ever investigated further to prove it or not. But given the level of corruption around that Olympics, nothing is out of the realm of possibility. Also in Salt Lake City, many low-rent apartments and motels evicted their tenants in favor of high-paying visitors to the city, dramatically increasing the need for emergency shelter. To the point where they had to open a warehouse far away from the Olympic events, specifically to house all the homeless in an effort to keep them out of sight. This kind of thing happens every time there’s a large corporate-sponsored media spectacle in a city.

  • jomicur

    Cats, dammit, cats!

  • Ninong

    Pravda is now the Russian equivalent of the supermarket tabloids over here.

  • Ninong

    Little Vlad is already ensconced in his multimillion-dollar presidential compound at the Olympics, and his billion-dollar dacha is less than 100 miles up the Black Sea coast.

    The Sochi Olympics was supposed to be his formal debut on the world stage as the world’s new moral leader. The man who will show the world how to eliminate the scourge of The Gay. If they can’t recruit any new members to their club, they will cease to exist. At the very least, no one will hear anything positive from them ever again, and if any newspaper editor dares quote one of them saying something positive, he will be fired by the next morning.

    Once the Olympics are over, the Duma will get back to the task of unanimously voting to deny gays the right to adopt children and any gay couples who are presently raising children, whether their own biological offspring or adopted, will run the risk of having the state take their children away if any complaints are filed against them. Naturally such complaints will be investigated in a “fair and balanced” way.

  • Ninong

    Putin already did that with ‘stray’ people starting about a month ago. They were all rounded up and transported out of the region, allegedly for security reasons. Only residents with verified credentials, plus credentialed visitors and workers, are allowed into the region around Sochi.

    First they came for the poor people, now they’re coming for the poor dogs. What’s next?

  • AnitaMann

    What a fuckedup backward country. They have no business hosting an Olympics.

  • cole3244

    imho the dogs are just dogs its we humans that are biological trash.

  • nicho

    Don’t worry. Brazil is taking notes. They’re going to be doing the same thing with poor people ahead of the World Cup and Olympics there. Can’t have poor people spoiling the view of the one percenters.

  • Indigo

    “biological trash”? Oh, like Russian gays? It’s odd beyond comprehension how callously the representatives of Russian society speak. Does that tone really reflect Russians as a group? I would hope not but there’s very little evidence to the contrary.

  • perljammer

    Myrddin wrote about science in police states below. Here’s a little piece on Nazi science that you might find interesting.

    When I stumbled on this, I thought it must be a Russian version of
    The Onion. But no; it’s Pravda. If this is the sort of thing being
    peddled to the Russian public, then the situation is much worse than we
    imagined.
    It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so mind-numbingly bizarre. http://english.pravda.ru/science/mysteries/25-05-2007/92157-nazi_germany-0/

  • MyrddinWilt

    It goes back further. Russia was a backwards agrarian society that had missed out on industrialization along with Europe. Tzarist rule was profoundly anti-scientific and anti-progress. Science never prospers in a police state.

    During the Soviet period there was the veneer of science but much of it was scientism rather than science. All those CIA studies into ESP and wu-wu pseudo-science were performed because the Soviets were deep into it and the CIA wanted to know what they were up to. And the Russians are still up to the same stuff today. They have teams researching remote viewing and action at a distance and all kinds of stupid stuff. Meanwhile the US has spent a trillion dollars on a missile defense system that has never once been tried in a test that hasn’t been rigged, let alone passed a realistic test.

    Its quite easy to see how it went on. Anyone doing honest science under Stalin was a risk. They might ask the wrong question, find out the wrong result. The Soviets stopped doing a real census after Stalin had most of the census takers murdered lest their results confirm the fact that Stalin had murdered about ten million people in the 30s.

    So fake science was much safer. Everyone knew that you were a fraud and that made you safe because you would not be exposing anyone. The worst that could happen is you would be asked to make some sort of demonstration but that really wasn’t a problem as everyone involved knew that admitting failure or exposing the fraud would risk death.

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    Dogs truly are the best people.

  • UncleBucky

    The more you learn about Russia, the more you realize that the Soviet Experiment, which attempted to rid Russia of the types of personalities 100 years ago that terrorized minorities and so on, became the Russia it attempted to cleanse. And now, that the Soviet Experiment has become obsolete (i.e. the core of the Soviet Union fathered more haters, bigots, selfish and other crud that rose to the top) it was just easier to get rid of the reform and let the crud fester.

    To those Russian “Democrats”, Progressives, educated and otherwise patriots of the Motherland, YOU FAILED. I wish you hadn’t, but you gave up under the pressure of these goonsquads, just as the Germans who knew better knuckled under to try to flee or survive.

    Now what? Is this gonna be Fascist Russia?

  • Drew2u

    Russia’s dogs learning to use the subways: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxJf2L2B5fY

  • Henry Owen

    Unconscionable, disgusting, and shameful.

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