Thousands of stray dogs and cats are killed and poisoned daily in Russia due to a contracted squads put together to kill thousands of them. Russia is to host the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup starting in June and running through July, which is the most popular soccer competition in the world. We must act now to stop the cruel poisoning of tame stray dogs and cats happening in preparation for this event.
The Russian Government says they are doing this to “ensure security and a pleasant stay” and to “present a good image” to visitors from participating countries.
So far, the Russian government has spent over a million dollars (1.95m) to kill stray animals in 11 host cities by hiring special pest-control companies, breaking its own laws that prohibit the killing of stray animals for population control. Activists have reached out to the government to stop the bloodshed, but thousands of stray animals as well as unintended wild animal victims continue to be poisoned. Russian animal activists have taken legal action to cancel the extermination contracts, held massive protests in many cities, and reached out to international media for help. To date, FIFA has declined to comment about the cruelty caused on its behalf. Activists continue to receive tragic news daily as the death toll rises.