Its the end of the world (not) but interesting Moscow to deport strays
Activists fight plan to deport Moscow's stray dogs
MOSCOW – Scroungy and street smart, Moscow's 26,000 stray dogs roam the Russian capital, bedding down in subway stations and even learning to ride the trains. But some are aggressive, traveling in packs and attacking people.
Now authorities want to round the strays up and send them to an isolation facility outside the city — a plan that has appalled dog lovers and animal rights activists.
Many strays have figured out that subway stations and the passages leading to them not only provide shelter from Moscow's frigid winters, but also offer throngs of people who are often inclined to toss them a snack and regard them with indulgent smiles.
The most enterprising dogs ride on the speedy escalators that lead to the train platforms and frequently take a trip on one of the trains.
The Moscow subway's seats generally have at least some thin padding, so the train provides a slight step up in comfort from the cold, hard ground. Even when the subways are jammed at rush-hour, riders seem disinclined to dislodge a dog who's sprawled across a seat — though that decision may not be made out of affection but out of fear.
Interesting, I wonder if dog lovers and rights activists formed some lobbying group that got Moscow to deport rather than kill on the spot these animals ? Normally such strays would be euthanized, instead they are looking to deport them away.
In unrelated Onion news take, these dogs find employment in newly established Chinese restaurants and the Beef n mushrooms has never tasted better.