A story from Crime Russia read that as a result of the fast approaching FIFA World Cup game, a petition against the shooting of stray animals in anticipation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup has been signed by more than 1.5 million people.
Famous Russian actors have made a stand for the animals. Protest rallies have been held in some cities. The FIFA is getting letters from animal advocates. French actress Brigitte Bardot has personally addressed Vladimir Putin asking to stop the killing of animals for the sake of football.
In vibrant preparations to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia in order to put up a good show for millions of foreign guests, has executed a total makeover of its cities which include the resettlement of homeless people as well as “special measures taken against stray homeless animals.
Shortly before the Sochi Olympics, volunteers had literally evacuated animals from the city to save them from death. A concerned Moscow resident, Igor Airapetyan had even made several trips in his car from Moscow to Sochi and back again and evacuated over 100 animals.
Now is it a little bit far fetched to imagine that the Russian Government would in fact give a nod to such animal treatment thought my over 1.5 million people as cruel?
Well apparently, Crime Russia reported that a year before the Olympics, the Russian authorities announced a tender to capture and ‘utilize’ homeless animals. The contractor had to destroy more than 2000 ‘heads’ in the Central district of the city. Almost $30k was allocated for that purpose.
Sergei Krivonosov, Deputy of the State Duma from the Krasnodar Krai, even admitted that despite his personal disagreement with the Mayor’s initiative, “this is the fastest way to solve the issue” (that is, killing the stray animals ahead of the FIFA World Cup game.
Meanwhile, World Animal Protection and the World Health Organization have condemned the action, putting forward the case that the capture and destruction of dogs and other animals is an ineffective way to solve the stray animal problem in a city.