Over the years, I’ve been a passive fan of the Olympic games.
Oh, I’d sometimes watch figure skating, skiing and snowboarding, and that’s about it. Sean White is from our town, Carlsbad, and went to the same high school as my son, so there’s that tenuous connection.
The best year for me was 1994, the same year my tugboat man and I got married. I LOVED Oksana Baiul. Watching her perform “The Swan” was the most incredibly beautiful synergy of ballet and ice dancing. I’m not sure that level of perfection will ever be surpassed.
And it’s not that I don’t understand the years of training and sacrifice by the athletes and their families to reach this point in their lives, and it’s not that I don’t admire that kind of passion.
I get it, I really do.
But, overshadowing the joy of the win and the tears of defeat, is the tragedy of human rights and animal rights in Russia.
According to One Green Planet, over the last few months, Sochi, this year’s Winter Olympics host city, has fallen under intense scrutiny.
Some have called for a boycott of the 2014 Olympics because of Russia’s anti-gay policies, including a piece of legislation signed into law in June 2013 banning “homosexual propaganda” but no one has spoken publicly about boycotting the games on behalf of the animals.
Photo property of Enchanted Seashells, Confessions of a Tugboat Captain’s Wife
But there has been limited media coverage of Russia’s disregard for animal protection, including Sochi’s decision to use a captive dolphin as a torch bearer and the still pending transport of two wild-caught orcas to a Sochi dolphinarium.
And here’s more depressing news…
According to Peter Akman of CTV News, the city has gone back on its word and has resumed its plan to cull stray animals in an attempt to “cleanse” the area for Olympic guests.
Concerned locals have been documenting the cull’s victims through photo and video footage and animal activist groups have again called on the city to end its futile population control method, urging Sochi to instead build a shelter for homeless animals.
Unfortunately, we see similarly cruel decisions regarding animal “management” here in the United States with wolves, coyotes, and other predators, but this does not mean we should accept defeat and stay silent.
Instead, we must stay strong and be the voice for the voiceless.
In response to this barbarism, our own family boycott will manifest itself in a very simple way:
We will not watch NBC. We will change the station, watch another network, support other advertisers.
It’s not much, but it’s a statement to support our beliefs.
It seems so sad that not even one Olympic athlete has spoken out against these atrocities.
Is winning a medal more important than the life of an animal or thousands of animals?
Is that the best message we are sending the world and our future generations?
What you can do:
1. Join my family in boycotting The Winter Olympics and the advertisers. It’s a small sacrifice to show your support against these atrocities.
2. Sign this petition on Care2, asking Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, to halt Sochi’s cull.
3. You can also send an email to the City of Sochi urging them to focus on more effective and KIND overpopulation management solutions such as low cost sterilization and trap-neuter-release programs.
Thanks to OneGreenPlanet for this info.
Just think about it, OK?
Princess Rosebud and Her Tugboat Man