Don’t Kill Homeless Pets Before World Cup Event

Target: Pavel Kolobkov, Russian Sports Minister

Goal: Do not allow local officials in 11 Russian cities to cull homeless pets before the FIFA World Cup event.

Russia will be hosting this year’s FIFA World Cup over the summer in 11 different cities across the country. In order to “ensure security and a pleasant stay,” the Russian government has authorized these cities to kill thousands of homeless dogs and cats living on the streets, a move similar to one taken before the Sochi Winter Olympics. We must demand that a more humane solution be reached that does not cause harm to these animals.

The innocent cats and dogs of Russia do not deserve to be killed simply because they have nowhere else to go. Sign this petition and demand that the sports minister keep his word and ensure that no homeless pets are harmed in the hosting cities.


Dear Minister Kolobkov,

Russia has a massive stray pet population, with over two million dogs and cats believed to be living in cities without homes. While this is a serious issue that deserves to be addressed, these animals deserve to be treated humanely and with respect. They do not deserve to be killed off in droves in the cities hosting the FIFA World Cup this summer simply because their presence is inconvenient or looks bad.

We, the undersigned, ask that you ensure that these innocent animals do not meet the same sad fate so many others had before the Sochi Winter Olympics and other major events in your nation. Please do the right thing and ensure these animals are given humane treatment.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. GEN AGUSTSSON says:


  2. Barton Dixon says:

    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer

    “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” St. Francis of Assisi

  3. leave it to Russia to think this cruelty up they don’t care about animals when are people going to realize that these countries such as the asian and europeon countries don’t care about the wellfare of animals it seems to me all they think of is torture kill and eat it if it breaths

  4. Do not kill them at all!!!!!!

  5. michelle mitchell says:

    Back off and leave the animals alone or you will pay bigtime!!!!!!

  6. Alice Knight says:

    This is absolutely outrageous! It would be the honourable route to take for other countries participating in this event, to say NO until the government steps in and bans this idiotic extermination. Perhaps in an idealic world , it would be nice to have every country in pristine condition for any global event. But, in reality every place has bad and good aspects. To purposely rid innocent and homeless animals from the street just so everything appears to be neat and tidy is ridiculous. Perhaps enforcing harsh penalties to people who do not spay and neuter their pets would be a start

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