[The Moscow Times]
Two animal rights groups released a grim film of slain
stray dogs in Moscow on Tuesday as they kicked off a campaign for a law barring
the cruel treatment of animals in Russia.
The rights groups Vita and Save
the Animals screened the film, containing images of dead dogs in pools of blood
on Moscow's streets, to a group of celebrities and government officials at a
Many of the dogs were shot for sport from moving cars and
apartment windows, while others were poisoned or strangled by dog haters and
city dogcatchers, the groups said.
"All these dogs and cats have lost
their lives for one reason: They live in the streets," said Yelena Nadezhdina,
an official with Save the Animals.
The rights groups, supported at the
gathering by a group that included prominent rock singer Andrei Makarevich, sent
a letter to President Dmitry Medvedev calling for a law that would prevent
cruelty to animals.