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Tatarstan Discusses Plan To Kill Stray Dogs

A stray dog in the Tatarstan capital, Kazan

A stray dog in the Tatarstan capital, Kazan

KAZAN, Russia -- Protests against plans to kill thousands of stray dogs in the capital of Russia's Republic of Tatarstan have prompted a discussion between authorities and animal-rights activists on the issue.

The plan led to demonstrations in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kazan.

Kazan city authorities invited animal rights activists to a roundtable discussion on March 27.

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The protests began after activists revealed the city's plan to kill a large number of dogs ahead of the 27th Summer Universiade in July.

The activists also accused Kazan's sanitary safety authorities and the private company, Service for Stray Animals Control (SOBZ), of corruption.

According to the activists, SOBZ employees simply shot and killed dogs and embezzled government money allocated for catching, sheltering, and treating stray dogs and finding them new homes.