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February 7, 2014

Former Olympic Athlete Urges IOC to Stop Sochi Street Dog Cull

Humane Society International

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Former Olympic basketball medalist, Rhodes Scholar, Congressman, and Humane Society of the United States board member C. Thomas McMillen sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee urging them to stop the street dog cull taking place in Sochi, Russia ahead of the Winter Olympics.

In the letter, McMillen, a former NBA all-star who played in the Munich Summer Olympics, said: “Mass dog extermination programs as part of Olympic preparations stand in stark contrast to Olympian values. The socially responsible and ethical way forward is to adopt and implement easily available humane methods rather than hunting down and poisoning these animals as all the world watches.”

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A full copy of the letter McMillen to the IOC is available here.

Media Contact: Raúl Arce-Contreras: +1 301-721-6440, rcontreras@humanesociety.org    

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