Apparently the Sochi bid was a bit premature and did not go through the regular approval channels in Russia:
It may still move forward though.
And a lot of people are getting rescue dogs from the SPCA and shelters, so a lot of stray or abandoned dogs do find homes. It's a good time to be a dog in North America in general (excepting puppy mills and situations of abuse).
Cats don't have it quite so good. More are surrendered than find homes and there are plenty of feral cats - some cat rescues focus on capturing feral kittens, but the feral cat population remains a challenge.
[/QUOTE] Sochi problems with dogs will very much pale in comparison with Pyeongchang's.[/QUOTE]
How is it worse?
We don´t east dogs in Finland, but we eat reindeer.
I may be the only one here that wants to see Sochi get a worlds, so why not in 2017? I don't want it to become another Sarajevo, meaning the Olympic facilities unused and eventually destroyed. Of course Russia won't let it happen. They will use the facilities for other sports, but I want to see the Iceberg used for figure skating.
If,however, one goes down the road the road of saying that countries with a poor record on human rights should not be allowed to host other international sporting events, where exactly does it end? Should Russia be allowed to host Grand Prix events but not Worlds? Should Belarus, which has a worse record on human rights than Russia, not be allowed to host a Junior Grand Prix event? Was it wrong to hold Worlds in Prague in 1962?
I do think that competitions should be held in countries where athletes, coaches, judges, officials, and fans from other countries will not be harassed or persecuted merely because of their race, religion, sexuality, etc. On the other hand, I also think that it would promote greater human understanding and international friendship if, for example, ordinary people in a host city in Russia met an openly gay skating coach from the U.S. or Canada and saw that he was just a regular guy.
According to Filip Stillers Twitter, also Stockholm has decided to bid 2017 Worlds.
Bids for Worlds 2017 have been made by Stockholm, Sochi, and, according to an article I saw on MSN... GLASGOW!!!!
Use Yah Blinkah!
Glasgow bid confirmed by NISA. I'm changing my vote from Helsinki to this, it's not an expensive city, easy to get to and NISA did a fab job with Sheffield.
I also saw another article from the Russian Sports ministry a couple of days ago saying they are not supporting the Sochi bid due to finances, they are already planning for other events such as the F1 races & bobsled events.