Sochi Olympics

The Olympics and Stray Dogs

I was prepared to be outraged when I saw a tag on a newsletter I get that said “Stray Dogs Executed Ahead of the Olympic Games.”  Ready to not watch the games.  Ready to write a letter to whatever editor of whatever newspaper would be read in Russia.  Ready to write the prime minister (who I’m sure doesn’t read anything, much less something from a crazy dog-lover in the United States).  Ready to rant and rave and rant again.

But I sighed with relief when I discovered that the headline was designed to do just that:  catch your attention.  The truth is that the Russians already heard from plenty of people besides me, and they have changed their minds.  However, the director general of Russian “pest control” Alexi Sorokin, told the Associated Press that “he is performing an important service that he and his company are there to eradicate vermin.”

“Let’s call things by their real name,” he says. “These dogs are biological trash.”

Perhaps if Russia was able to care for their animals, this “problem” wouldn’t be happening.  According to this article, they are actually building a facility for the dogs, something that should have been done a long time ago, in my humble opinion.

And that, dear readers, is my rant of the day.