Doing what I do for a living, there’s absolutely no shortage of “bad news” that comes across my television or computer screen every day. The world can be a really ugly place. That being said, when I have time, I like to try to highlight good news stories when they cross my path.
Though even this “good” story was born from a heartbreaking one.
Many people might not have heard about the disgusting slaughter of stray dogs that’s been going on in Sochi. While it’s been mentioned in bits and pieces in the “mainstream media,” it’s largely been ignored.
Sure, we know all about the pointless exploits of Justin Bieber, but the inhumane slaughter of thousands of dogs – eh, the media will give that 2 minutes in the second to last segment of their broadcast, if they talk about it at all.
Keith Olbermann, however, has made it a point to emphasize this disgusting behavior on his show, and I recently wrote a fairly lengthy article detailing some of the horrific facts Mr. Olbermann pointed out during these broadcasts.
A heartbreaking fact I hadn’t even thought about until Mr. Olbermann brought it up was that most of the dogs being slaughtered were probably the friendliest ones, as they’re the easiest ones to catch.
In that article I mentioned a gentleman who had driven from Moscow to Sochi, loaded up as many dogs as he could (11 was the total), then headed back to Moscow where they could be adopted and saved.
Well, his name is Igor Ayrapetyan. And while some might not consider him a hero in the same way a firefighter, police officer or member of our armed forces is – to me he’s still a hero nonetheless.
He drove from Moscow to Sochi, an over 2,000 mile trip, to save as many dogs as he could. He’s now working hard to find each of these dogs homes.
This story has particularly struck me because I am a huge animal rights person. For someone to intentionally abuse, neglect or kill innocent animals, to me, is absolutely reprehensible.
Animals, for the most part, are in the situations they’re in and behave the way that they do because of how we treat them. Many strays are animals that someone abandoned, or offspring from an abandoned pet. When you run across a dog that’s aggressive toward humans, they’re usually that way because of how other humans have neglected or abused them before.
Trust me, every stray animal would much rather have a loving owner, a warm place to sleep and a reliable food source.
So when I read these stories about the thousands of dogs that are being shot with poison darts in Sochi (with reports by some witnesses that the poison makes these dogs suffocate and die a very slow, painful death), exterminated like “pests” by a pest control company, it turns my stomach.
But I wanted to take a moment to commend Igor Ayrapetyan, and others who are trying to save some of these dogs, for their efforts to do what they can to save as many dogs as possibly.
In my eyes, they’re heroes.