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2/12/14 9:06 A

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I agree, with other commenters, not everyone is out to harm these dogs there. I personally am not watching it because I have no interest in the Olympics. I think the athletes work hard and if people are interested they can watch it and support whatever team they want. I am glad however that animal cruelty is becoming more aware world wide... not just here, but I feel ever since the Puppy Doe Case made publicity people are more aware of how animals are being treated everywhere

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2/12/14 8:33 A

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I watched some last night. I changed my mind after reading peoples comments here. I can't help the situation, and I am proud of our athletes too! I like to read everyone's take on things. I have an open mind and some of you have good thoughts on this matter.

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2/11/14 1:35 P

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While the country ordered the dogs killed, the people don't necessarily agree with the practice. I was just reading an article where a millionaire there has taken several dogs in and boarding them in local shelters to save their lives. I also saw on MSNBC (I think that is the right one) that many of the visitors and Olympians are smuggling the dogs away from there to save them. For anyone interested in adopting a new dog from there they also have information on how to get them to the U.S.
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2/11/14 3:34 A

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I agree with others, a lot of countries are awful to dogs..However, the kids worked hard to get to the Olympics, so I support them by watching as much as I can.

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2/10/14 8:17 P

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Feel bad for those dogs that are being treated so bad. Here is a little good news for one of the dogs in Sochi
www.9news.com/news/sidetracks/377034
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She'll be coming to Denver when they get her a flight. Sad about her friends, though. At least they got cared for, if only for a little while.



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2/10/14 1:51 P

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I just don't like to even think about how dogs are treated in some places. In Mexico we did the best we could by adopting several dogs. The Mexicans actually love dogs but poverty is rampant and it extends to the dogs as well as the people.

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2/10/14 12:51 P

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To not further distract from the original topic of this thread I decided to put a short video-link about puppy mills on my blog for today. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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2/10/14 12:05 P

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The treatment of dogs in most countries in the world is worse than in the US and Europe is actually the only place where quite a few countries do a better job than in the US.
As much as I hate the poor treatment of animals, often in those same countries people are not treated much better. The problems run all through societies, sometimes the result of poverty, sometimes the result of the population having lived under very repressive regimes for many years and we see the fall-out from that. In some countries dogs are not considered pets but food.
There are huge abuses of dogs that are legal in this country as well, including puppy mills with many of the worst cases being in the midwest. Add to that the legal and government-supported CAFO's (confined animal feeding operations) for farm animals that produce over 90% of our nations's meat, eggs and dairy and the horrible abuse of mustangs that are rounded up by the BLM (bureau of land management) every year with helicopters in the Western US. The animal welfare problems in Russia a real, but we don't need to go that far away from home to find a reason for boycotts.
Another big problem in this country is the AKC, the biggest registering body of purebred dogs. They do not require proof of genetic identity for registration the way Canada does nor any minimum standard for animal identification or breeding operations to register dogs or a litter. This makes it impossible to know for certain if the parent dogs on a registration are the ones given by the breeder. This is why puppy mill dogs that come from severely abusive and unhealthy environments can still be registered with the AKC and bred and sold as purebred.

To summarize: I would start by boycotting any food that comes form CAFO's and buy only meat, dairy and eggs from pastured, humanely treated animals. I would also suggest to NEVER buy a pet at a pet stores because almost all of them come from puppy mills. Unless you want to show or breed dogs for a very specific reason get one from a shelter.
Get involved in the effort to prohibit rounding up of mustangs and spending federal money to put them in holding pens while all the land is used for cattle.
Also get involved to stop very inhumane transports of horses to Canada and Mexico where they will be slaughtered with often very cruel methods.
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2/10/14 12:00 P

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I don't know how the people of Sochi treat animals, but from what I have heard about how our athletes have been trated regarding accommodations, etc., I think it would be worth boycotting the olympics fior that alone. And if they treat people that shabbily, I hate to think how they treat animals!

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2/10/14 11:59 A

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I haven't been boycotting them. I don't think it would do much to Russia if we boycott something on a U.S. network (or other country's networks), though it might affect some if they are not watching the Russian networks. I don't approve of what they do there to the animals. I didn't hear about it until after the Olympics started. A man there drove around with his car and collected as many strays as he could to save them. I think it said he got 50 of them saved and drove something like 999 miles.

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I am not boycotting due to the dog story, but not really watching either. I think it is incredibly sad what they accept as normal in their treatment of animals but I don't feel I really have the right to judge how other countries handles things - just what I would do and I would never be a part of that. I may end up watching some since no other new TV shows are being aired during this time and I tend to DVR and watch shows when on the treadmill. But maybe not.

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2/10/14 9:49 A

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if i boycott it will be hollywood. they are destroying our youth with there loose morals, movies, tv shows and songs.

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2/10/14 8:43 A

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A lot of those European countries do not care for animals like we do. They laugh at how soft we are! I personally haven't been watching. It seems barbaric the way they dealt with the stray animals there.


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2/10/14 8:22 A

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Is anyone else boycotting the Olympics due to how dogs are treated in Sochi? Thoughts?

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