I’ve said it on several occasions that when it comes to this year’s Olympics, I’m refusing to watch a single minute of any of the events. I wouldn’t call it a boycott as much as just a choice not to participate. I’m not going out of my way to not watch, I’m just refusing to make any effort to watch.
Now this has caused some to slam me as being “unpatriotic” in some way. I just don’t see it that way. The athletes participating in this year’s Winter Olympics are going to win a medal with or without a single American viewer. When we tune in to these Olympics the athletes don’t really benefit, the advertisers and networks involved do.
I support all the athletes competing this year and wish them all the luck in the world, but I simply cannot in good conscience have anything to do with any kind of support for this event being held in Sochi.
Most people are well aware of Russia’s deplorable LGBT policies, the fairly high risk of some kind of terrorist attack being carried out and the disgusting accommodations the athletes and other visitors have had to endure. Things like no hot water, bins for used toilet paper, no shower curtains, filthy rooms, dangerous water – the list goes on and on.
But beyond all of that, there’s an even worse event going on in Sochi that very few in the “mainstream media” are reporting on.
It’s the needless slaughter of thousands of stray dogs.
Apparently Sochi has an above average amount of stray dogs roaming the town, and officials in charge of the event deemed it necessary to “rid” themselves of this “pest problem.”
See, they’re treating these dogs as “pests” (like we treat roaches, ants or other insects) rather than dogs.
It’s an issue Keith Olbermann has reported about in great detail the past few days. Which is really the only reason why I’ve heard in such great detail about the horrific treatment of these animals.
You can check his segments out here:
Olbermann talked about how dogs are being shot with poison darts, or fed poisoned meat, in order to rid the town of this “problem.” Not only that, a pest company was contracted to carry out the slaughter of these innocent animals with the owner of that company calling the dogs “biological garbage.”
The darts being used apparently are some kind of muscle relaxers which causes the dogs to suffocate. A witness said they watched a dog who had been hit with one of these darts die. A death which took 90 minutes.
He also pointed out how many of the strays don’t have a home because their family’s homes were torn down to make way for the Olympics. In other words, they lost their homes because of the Olympics, now they’re being killed because of them.
He also made a great, yet heartbreaking point. It’s the friendliest dogs that are the easiest to kill, because friendly dogs are easier to catch. They’re the ones who just want attention. Just want someone to show them love. Just want someone to pet them or offer a treat.
They’re the ones being slaughtered first, and most often.
Being an avid animal lover, this absolutely infuriates me. I have dogs and anyone who says dogs (or any animals for that matter) don’t have feelings or emotions doesn’t know what in the hell they’re talking about.
My dogs show fear, love, happiness, intelligence, sadness, excitement, joy – hell, I swear they’re even sarcastic at times.
When I’m getting dressed to go somewhere, they sulk in the corner. They know I’m about to leave. When I come home I know I won’t be able to do a whole lot for at least the first 5 minutes because they’ll be too excited to see me. When they’ve done something wrong they’ll often hide (knowing they’re in trouble), and if I grab a ball it’s like watching a kid’s eyes light up as if you’ve just given them a brand new toy.
So yes, this story infuriates me on a level that it was literally hard for me to watch and take in.
I’ve never liked bullies of any kind. If you’re bullying another person – or an innocent animal – in my mind you’re an absolute coward and I’m ashamed that you even exist.
But even outside this disgusting slaughter of these thousands of stray dogs was the “slip up” (if you will) by the nation’s Deputy Minister, where he spoke about the conditions inside the hotels:
“We have surveillance video from the hotels that shows people turn on the shower, direct the nozzle at the wall and then leave the room for the whole day.”
Apparently it was around this time that an aide pulled a reporter away as the Deputy Minster had just admitted that there are surveillance cameras in the showers. This is also the man helping perpetuate the propaganda coming from many Russian leaders that the stories of dogs being slaughtered is just an attempt “by the West” to tarnish these games and embarrass the Russian government.
But of course it is. It’s completely plausible that reporters from all over the world somehow came together in some elaborate conspiracy to tarnish the games and the Russian government by making up extremely detailed stories of the horrors that are going on over there. Usually with pictures or video to go along with the stories.
What next, people trying to perpetuate the idea that the vast majority of the world’s scientists have collaborated with each other to fake climate change?
Oh, wait – never mind.
But there is one good story brought up in all of this tragedy. A man apparently drove 1,000 miles from Moscow, shoved 11 stray dogs in his car, then drove them back home. A feat he’s going to try to do again in a couple of days.
I wish I could do the same.
So while I will cheer on our American athletes and wish them all the luck in the world, I simply cannot in any way give my support to these Olympic games. If that makes me “unpatriotic,” so be it. And while many people might not agree with me, deep down I feel it’s the right thing to do.