Athletes enraged over dog killings
- Athletes enraged over dog killings
SAY COC SHOULD TAKE A STAND
By KEVIN CONNOR, TORONTO SUN
SOME OF Canada's Olympic athletes are outraged the Canadian Olympic
Committee won't take a stand against Athens officials who are
poisoning up to 15,000 stray dogs in the city so the country looks
pristine during the games. "It's horrible, but it has nothing to do
with us. We have no official comment," said COC spokesman Stacey
Since Athens officials are doing this for the Olympics, it has
everything to do with the COC, said Olympic runner Leah Pells.
"It makes me sick. The COC is pathetic and they need to take a
stand. It's embarrassing to me that they won't do anything," Pells
'ILLS OF SOCIETY'
"Sporting organizations can and should influence the ills in
society," said Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler Daniel Igali.
Poisoning is a slow, agonizing death, Lynda Elmy of the Toronto
Humane Society said.
"We should all stand up and there should be a huge outcry against
this because we are sending athletes to the games. It's just
appalling," Elmy said.
Athens officials have said the city needs to be dog free for the
games for aesthetic reasons, said Dianne Alden of Greek Animal
Rescue Canada, which is working with international animal protection
groups to stop the slaughter.
"It's deliberate, appalling -- people need to know," she said.
It's not a situation we are proud of, said George Ayfantis,
spokesman for the (Greek) Embassy of the Hellenic Republic in
"It's not automatic that 15,000 will be killed. Poisoning dogs is
traditional but now illegal. Local officials have extended autonomy
and it's done at night. It's considered a minor offence and public
prosecutors and police don't want to go after elected officials," he
"There are animal lovers around the world expressing their fears.
The embassy is doing their utmost for their cause."