Tuesday, February 1, 2011

100 sled dogs slaughtered in British Columbia after the 2010 Olympics

Mimi's note: I've shared with you about horrors that have taken place in Asian countries. In fact, most of the horror still takes place today. However, never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd be sharing what you are about to read below.

My sweet Khyra, and all of our Nordic breed friends, I am so, so sorry.

Following the 2010 Olympic Games, there was a slump in business at Outdoor Adventures Whistler. CBC News reports that an employee was ordered to kill 100 dogs from a pack of 300. The dogs were repeatedly shot and had their throats slashed before being dumped into a mass grave.

The employee describes one dog whose "eye was hanging off, and it was still running around." Another dog was dumped into the grave while still alive, and the Outdoor Adventures Whistler employee watched as the dog tried to climb out. The employee has been reportedly compensated for experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder after conducting the killings.

It is unclear if the company will actually face criminal charges. According to Marcie Moriarty, general manager for cruelty investigations with the BC SPCA, it is actually legal to shoot an animal if it dies instantly. But the report seems to demonstrate that these dogs did not instantly die, and thus SPCA plans to now dig up the mass grave to determine if there is substantial evidence for a criminal investigation.

These 100 dogs were used for human entertainment, and were then murdered when humans were no longer entertained by them. While this story is horrific, similar events happen regularly - many race horses are slaughtered once past their prime, and up to 4 million pets are killed in shelters each year, often due to bored or unprepared owners abandoning them.

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18 comments:

3 doxies said...

How stoopid of me to believes dat society has moved beyond dis sort of thing.
Bless their sweet souls!

Puddles

The Heartbeats said...

This makes me sick to my stomach.

Mamma Heartbeat

Frankie Furter said...

I heard this on the nightly news last night. Disgusting!!!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

When we heard this news yesterday, it made all of us very sad and Mom had big tears in her eyes. So cruel and so very senseless.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

brooke said...

I read this last night. So sick. I thought of all our Husky/Malamute friends and felt horrible.

Jake of Florida said...

We've always had a warm place in our hearts for our neighbors to the north -- especially in BC. This story is so hard to believe or comprehend. Unjustifiable cruelty.

Woof.

Jake and Just Harry

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

When momma reads of these injustices, she says she is ashamed to be human! She prays for the day her species learns true compassion and respect for those that share this planet.

houndstooth said...

I saw this story earlier today. I hope that they didn't die in vain and that it will at least bring attention to their plight! What a sad story!

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! YES we heard this on the news n made us very upset n sad. We find it very cruel. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

^..^Corgidogmama said...

How said that we humans are the true animals! This is a horrific act of stupidness and cruelty! How, can we allow this crap, and WHY does it happen???????

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

As we shared on Darwin's post, ever since we first heard of this on SiberNet and on the blogs, we can't get them out of our heads -

I've yet to be able to read any of the articles -

Just what I've seen 'here' and on the SiberNet exchanges has been enough -

What is equally as sad is too many will perceive this is how most mushers act - it is not by any means -

We can't only hope Karma will find these unhumans -

And that they will get theirs -

Thanks for sharing and for thinking of 'us' -

Our candle will burn again tonight for them -

ForPetsSake said...

I read this story earlier today on the Dogster blog and was so disgusted. This on the heels of being about halfway through Gorant's The Lost Dogs about the Vick victims. It's tragic that we can be so careless, thoughtless and malicious. Thinking of their pain and betrayal tears me up.
Canines preserve the pack at all costs - each of these victims was part of a pack - and the humans were the root of the violence and imbalance. Heartbreaking.

Sheila and Bob said...

That is one of the most horrible things pertaining to animal abuse that we have ever heard.
So hope something is done about this.

Sheila & Bob

Tweedles -- that's me said...

My heart is breaking right now for all those dogs.
How can those humans be so heartless and evil?
I hope something bad happens to those decision makers,, and I hope they hurt the biggest pain there is in the whole world.
This is making me cry.
love
tweedles

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

We are heartbroken.
X-BabyRD & Hootie

♥I am Holly♥ said...

That is heartbreaking news. Never will we be able to comprehend this horrible treatment of animals. Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Asta said...

This is beyond cwuel..my heawt is bweaking and Mommi is sick to hew tummie and so ashamed of hoomans
smoochie kisses
ASTA

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

I too, thought not here, maybe China but not here on the North American Continent...this is the saddest, most heinous case of abuse and while so difficult to read now the documents are all coming to light...may it help other dogs in jeopardy...