Y’know with the kickoff to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia just a day away, my initial idea for an “Olympic themed column” was simply going to be something along the lines of “Meet the Sochi Olympics hottest athletes!”
This is because doing a column like this would be:
A) Super easy to do, because who doesn’t love lists.
B) Pictures of hot people (mostly women) in phenomenal physical shape = web hits.
C) It would have given me an excuse (not that I need one anyway) to search for photos of Julia Mancuso of the U.S. ski team. That’s her below. You’re welcome.
Instead though, rather than going the superficial route, I’m going to with a sad reality for animal loving nerds like myself, surrounding these sketchy Olympic Games.
And that’s that the Russians have ordered all of the stray dogs in Sochi, a common sight in the host city, killed, in order to make the place look as pretty as possible.
Yup, what started as a rumor on social media over the last few days has now been confirmed to the Associated Press, as Basya Services, a pest control company, tolt the AP that they had been hired by Olympics officials to kill many of the estimated 2,000 dogs that stroll around Sochi, all in the name of keeping a clean image for athletes and spectators.
Basya Services’ director general, Alexei Sorokin, declined to specify whether the animals would be shot or poisoned after they were rounded up, though accounts coming out of Sochi describe dogs spitting up and collapsing, both signs of being poisoned.
This asshole who heads up this Doggie Death Squad also told ABC News that the stray dogs were a safety hazard for athletes and spectators alike who could be subject to attacks or other interferences. “Let’s call things by their real name. These dogs are biological trash,” he said.
Biological trash? Domesticated dogs are 100% a human creation, and further proof that Bob Barker was always on point at the closing of each episode of The Price is Right when he told all of us that we should be spaying and neutering our pets. Perhaps the city of Sochi could have taken responsibility long ago and done just that, rather than killing these things en masse, because they don’t know any other way to handle it.
Then again, considering how reportedly corrupt these Olympic Games in Russia have been since they were first awarded to the country, I shouldn’t at all be surprised when I remind myself of Gandhi’s famous quote: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Seems to me that you’ve got a LONG way to go, Russia.
Screw you, and screw your Olympic games.