Save Cats From Poisoning by Olympics

Stray Cat by Eric Sonstroem

Target: Steve McIvor, CEO of World Animal Protection

Goal: Save cats from fatal poisoning in Rio de Janeiro.

A group of stray cats are in severe danger at a Rio de Janeiro airport in Brazil as the city prepares for the Olympics. These animals are considered pests, but rather than simply taking them to a shelter or a safe place to be cared for, people are leaving out poison in attempts to kill them. Two cats have already been reported dead, and many more could follow.

While it is understandable that the city would want to clean up for such a large, important event, killing stray cats is a disgusting, inhumane method of doing so. These cats may be dirty, but they are still beautiful living creatures who have every right to be alive. People are leaving food laced with poison because stray cats will eat anything, which is cruel manipulation and trickery of the animals. Poisons such as these are also extremely dangerous to wildlife and even people, as they can contaminate food chains and water. Furthermore, it is reportedly a slow-acting poison which causes the animals to suffer before they finally expire.

A team of rescue workers is on its way to help save these animals, but more needs to be done. We must establish legal protection of these cats, ensure that whoever wishes to kill these animals will be punished accordingly. Animals should not have to die just to keep a city clean. Stray cats deserve a place to sleep and feel safe, not to be tricked into ingesting poison. Sign this petition to help implement a law to protect more cats from a gruesome fate.


Dear Mr. McIvor,

A group of innocent stray cats in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are in severe danger of dying slow, painful poisoning deaths at an airport, and two already have succumbed. People are putting out food laced with poison to get rid of them, as they are thought to be dirty and are not wanted lingering in public places during the Olympic games. However, being dirty and underfoot is never a valid reason to kill a living creature.

We need you to work to implement a law against the slaughter of defenseless animals in Brazil. Stray cats have the right to life, and should be taken to a shelter or a rescue center rather than killed just to take them out of the way. Even if every cat is rescued before they can be killed, steps must be taken to prevent such a thing from happening in the future. Please help to make poisoning stray animals a criminal offense.


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Photo Credit: Eric Sonstroem

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  1. Rhona LaBruzzo says:

    Every site where the olympics are held, all strays are rounded up and killed. Disgusting.

  2. Beth Knafla says:

    BOYCOTT OLYMPICS, the animal killing and abuse in these countries is out of control!

  3. Chuck Densmore says:

    Instead of cleaning the streets of innocent strays, why don’t u clean up your waterways and pollution!!

  4. Betty Chan says:

    Right! BOYCOTT Brazil! BOYCOTT Olympics!

  5. Rosemary Anderson says:

    This is a vile obscenity. The Olympics seem to be responsible for the destruction of animals and cruelty to animals wherever it is held in the world and it’s time it stopped or ban the Olympics if it results in this type of obscenity. Sport over life what a disgrace- just shows what the human race has become. Shame on all involved, including athletes and spectators you participate when they know this kind of obscenity is taking place.

  6. Maxine Sheehan says:

    I certainly won’t be watching the Olympics set in a country that slaughters innocents.

  7. will not watch or care for the olympics now because they poison great homeless animals now. shame on all you now.

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