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(ABC)   Apparently deciding they just haven't pissed enough people off yet, Sochi municipal officials hire a contractor to kill as many stray dogs as possible before the Olympcs   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 25
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2014-02-02 03:45:56 PM
8 votes:
There is only one stray dog in Russia that needs to be put down.
2014-02-02 03:57:15 PM
4 votes:

Vector R: Zel: Billy Bathsalt: That has to be the worst job in the world: dog culler.

Some few of them will enjoy it.

/but srsly
this is really sad, dogs are people too

Dogs are almost always better than people. Except that beagle my roommmate used to own, but that's a different story.

In all seriousness, we need to set up permanent locations to rotate the Olympic games to, so we don't see these sorts of horrible atrocities. From homeless and poor people being thrown out in Rio and China to critters being needlessly slaughtered for no good reason, these are high costs being paid which could be easily avoided. Not to mention the tremendous costs involved with building completely new complexes in random places every year.


How about the IOC paying for their facilities instead of the taxpayers. Only ONE games has been profitable for the locals, LA83, all the rest have cost the local governments and taxpayers greatly.

What is it about sports that are allows to have the public pay for their facilities costs while they rack up great profits?
2014-02-02 04:40:25 PM
3 votes:
What did you people think happens to stray dogs? Even in the US animal control rounds them up and they're put down. The reason you don't hear about it more in the US is that we've got a pretty good handle on the stray dog problem. I love dogs more than people but this is pretty much the opposite of shocking or unusual.
2014-02-02 05:49:55 PM
2 votes:
Count me in with the "not outraged" crowd.

I love animals, but Sochi (and other Russian cities) have a large number of diseased dogs, including cases of rabies. They really need to get that under control regardless of whether the Olympics are coming. If the games give them a reason to move more quickly on the problem, so be it.

In less-developed nations, rabies is a death sentence. Even in first-world countries, if you don't get immediate treatment it is a death sentence. In fact, it is an horrific way to die. Once you are exposed, you must be treated  before you start to show symptoms.

* A few weeks after exposure (or even a few days if you were bitten in the head or neck), you start feeling like you've got the flu. Now, it's too late.
* A week or two after that, you get agitated and aggressive. You start to have paranoid delusions and hallucinations. You begin to drool excessively.
* Shortly thereafter, the simple act of swallowing will close your throat.  You start to get violent muscle spasms just from hearing water or feeling a breeze. Even someone asking you if you want a drink can trigger the reaction.
* Soon, the slightest sound or touch will cause screams, moans, and muscle spasms so violent  they lift your body and arch your back several feet above the bed. You will be completely unable to control your movements.
* Eventually, breathing becomes difficult because your throat is always constricted, andyou lapse into a coma. You die soon after, usually from asphyxia or heart failure.

If killing stray dogs is what it takes to help prevent that, I'm all for it.

As an unrelated side note, It's interesting how much influence rabies has had on zombie literature & film. The fictional progression of the disease is often sped up greatly... I think the longest infection in TWD  (Jim) was over in less than a week. Other than that, it's very similar. Even the "cut off a limb to stop the infection" works on bites from rabid animals, with the same basic rules (only on extremities/must be done immediately).
2014-02-02 04:16:41 PM
2 votes:

lohphat: What is it about sports that are allows to have the public pay for their facilities costs while they rack up great profits?


Sports attract people in highly agitated mobs, which are not known for their prudence, forethought or intellectual analysis.
2014-02-02 04:10:07 PM
2 votes:

Vector R: In all seriousness, we need to set up permanent locations to rotate the Olympic games to, so we don't see these sorts of horrible atrocities. From homeless and poor people being thrown out in Rio and China to critters being needlessly slaughtered for no good reason, these are high costs being paid which could be easily avoided. Not to mention the tremendous costs involved with building completely new complexes in random places every year.


Here's the thing you have to understand about the Olympics. . . they're more analogous to weddings than sporting events.

The hosting country really isn't in the least bit interested in the actual sports.  They load up on the more obcure events to avoid looking embarrassed, and there's the rub.  This is about looks, the appearance of a fantasy, reality be damned.  And like the worst Bridezilla you pray you never have the misfortune to encounter, there is nothing -- NOTHING -- the host country will stop at to prevent everything from being absolutely perfect.  It's been that way since well before I was born.  It's fun to think of the most Godwin-y example and the glorious epic win that was Jesse PWNs, but every Olympics has its share of controversy where the country basically creates an alternative reality bubble within itself at any cost to merely convince the rest of the world that things aren't nearly as shiatty as everyone already damn well knows them to be.

Russia's stray dogs are infamous the world over.  Killing them will make things look cleaner, but girl, you a biatch and once you're all done with your Bridezilla shiat and have that "perfect" wedding you've always wanted, the only person you'll have fooled is yourself.
2014-02-02 07:58:46 PM
1 votes:
Feral dogs and cats attacking people and spreading rabies are a major problem the world over. Thing is, for every one you cull, another litter is going to be born. Trapp, spay/neuter and release works better in the long run. That's why there are so few strays in the cities around North America.
2014-02-02 07:16:25 PM
1 votes:
It's the responsible thing to do.

Yeah, people are getting all upset by this....OMG they're pets!....but let's look at this realistically.  They are no longer pets.  They have been abandoned by asshole owners (who should be the real targets of the outrage) and are now basically wild animals roaming around in the city.

Would these animal rights activists be upset if a pack of these lovely wonderful fluffy family pets dragged a small child down to the ground and proceeded to eat it?
2014-02-02 06:23:26 PM
1 votes:

Skunkwolf: haolegirl: WTF Indeed: Won't someone think of the feelings of the stray dogs who pass diseases!

What diseases do they pass?

You really believe these curs are just little angels don't you? You need to travel more.


Or, I was asking a serious question.
2014-02-02 05:31:52 PM
1 votes:
Ah, the usual string of "Olympic city is gradually turned into a dystopia while the world looks on an applauds" stories. Word of advice: if your city is ever slotted to host the Olympics, move away. If you have to sell everything and hitchhike, do it.
2014-02-02 05:13:39 PM
1 votes:

haolegirl: WTF Indeed: Won't someone think of the feelings of the stray dogs who pass diseases!

What diseases do they pass?


You really believe these curs are just little angels don't you? You need to travel more.
2014-02-02 05:10:42 PM
1 votes:
Huge animal lover here, but this is no different than what happens to stray dogs anywhere (in other words, Sochi is no different than all of our favorite cities here), with the added note that "stray dogs" in some places often means feral, vicious dogs.
2014-02-02 04:51:25 PM
1 votes:
My Westie joins every every dog-fearing person in asking, "WHY?"

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Do they realize this means the rats win?

2014-02-02 04:46:57 PM
1 votes:
Oh, yes, and from a competitive standpoint, as far as the events themselves, you're essentially awarding one country permanent home field advantage. Any international sporting event is going to feature a lot of locals who wouldn't be there if they were held somewhere else, and things tend to get set up so that the locals are more competitive than they would be elsewhere. The Dakar Rally used to load up on African and Arab drivers; once it moved to South America, they largely faded away and drivers from the Andean nations replaced them; in all cases, the locals know the conditions and possibly the roads already. The Tour de France loads up on French riders every year and one of the stages is run on Bastille Day; often the routes go through some random rider's hometown (and the peloton often backs off and lets that rider take the lead for that part of the course). The host nation automatically qualifies for the World Cup and the draw is set so they stand the strongest possible chance of getting out of their group.

The Olympics give the host nation automatic entry into every event no matter how feeble they are in it, and those host-nation entries do take their share of medals.

Think long and hard about who you'd like to give that advantage to.
2014-02-02 04:16:21 PM
1 votes:
We cull the strays in our town too, it needs done.   I can't see it being Sochi officials fault if the pet owners are piss poor and abandon animals.

I would rather see the dogs gone.
2014-02-02 04:14:50 PM
1 votes:

lohphat: Vector R: Zel: Billy Bathsalt: That has to be the worst job in the world: dog culler.

Some few of them will enjoy it.

/but srsly
this is really sad, dogs are people too

Dogs are almost always better than people. Except that beagle my roommmate used to own, but that's a different story.

In all seriousness, we need to set up permanent locations to rotate the Olympic games to, so we don't see these sorts of horrible atrocities. From homeless and poor people being thrown out in Rio and China to critters being needlessly slaughtered for no good reason, these are high costs being paid which could be easily avoided. Not to mention the tremendous costs involved with building completely new complexes in random places every year.

How about the IOC paying for their facilities instead of the taxpayers. Only ONE games has been profitable for the locals, LA83, all the rest have cost the local governments and taxpayers greatly.

What is it about sports that are allows to have the public pay for their facilities costs while they rack up great profits?


Hosting the Olympics seems to make your average politician into a raving egomaniac, sparing no expense to woo those senile octogenarians in the IOC.

Even though the Olympics disrupts the lives and businesses of most citizens in the host city, gives a lame excuse for police to toss anyone in jail, wastes taxpayer's money, turns into an orgy of marketing for the "sponsors" and the host city is left with a bunch of useless and shoddily built buildings

Those overpaid suit warmers in City Hall are not doing you a favor.

We could do without this crap every 2 years.
2014-02-02 04:12:01 PM
1 votes:
When the dog cullers are finished in Sochi, they're welcome to come visit my neighborhood and weed out the dogs that think their raison d'etre is to bark at each individual air molecule in their yards. And then they can cull their owners too.
2014-02-02 04:04:35 PM
1 votes:
This Russian dogs.  Not weak capitalist Dogs. Russian dog not lick hand. Russian dog not ask for treat. Russian dog sit. Russian dog wait. Wait with determination of cold winter. It tear out throat from soft athlete with jaws of the proletariat. Iron grip of the soviet inhale life of blubbery tourist.
2014-02-02 04:04:26 PM
1 votes:

hammettman: I thought the point of the Olympics was to experience the quirks and charms of other countries.  As long as the dogs aren't rabid, what's the harm?  farking dumbasses.

It would be cruel yet deliciously ironic if by mistake, these dumb farks happened to poison the contingent of bomb-sniffing dogs brought in for security.


My guess is it would look kinda bad if a stray dog attacked an olympic visitor.
2014-02-02 04:00:20 PM
1 votes:
I thought the point of the Olympics was to experience the quirks and charms of other countries.  As long as the dogs aren't rabid, what's the harm?  farking dumbasses.

It would be cruel yet deliciously ironic if by mistake, these dumb farks happened to poison the contingent of bomb-sniffing dogs brought in for security.
2014-02-02 03:53:09 PM
1 votes:

Zel: Billy Bathsalt: That has to be the worst job in the world: dog culler.

Some few of them will enjoy it.

/but srsly
this is really sad, dogs are people too


Dogs are almost always better than people. Except that beagle my roommmate used to own, but that's a different story.

In all seriousness, we need to set up permanent locations to rotate the Olympic games to, so we don't see these sorts of horrible atrocities. From homeless and poor people being thrown out in Rio and China to critters being needlessly slaughtered for no good reason, these are high costs being paid which could be easily avoided. Not to mention the tremendous costs involved with building completely new complexes in random places every year.
Zel
2014-02-02 03:49:02 PM
1 votes:

Billy Bathsalt: That has to be the worst job in the world: dog culler.


Some few of them will enjoy it.

/but srsly
this is really sad, dogs are people too
2014-02-02 03:46:18 PM
1 votes:
All this just to look nice for 2 weeks and then return to looking like crap after.
2014-02-02 03:44:48 PM
1 votes:
That has to be the worst job in the world: dog culler.
2014-02-02 03:44:09 PM
1 votes:
That story made me really sad.
 
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