Animal Welfare in Russia

Russia has no concept of animal welfare – there is no animal welfare legislation, no duty of care on pet owners to provide basic needs for their animals, no restrictions on breeding and sale of pets.

17 – Neutering is not a culture norm in Russia. Failing to spay or neuter pets results in millions of homeless animals every year. In addition, neutering is very expensive in Russia and often not affordable to most of the population.In addition, neutering is very expensive in Russia and often not affordable to most of the population.

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 – Millions of homeless cats and dogs die every year from hunger, cold, diseases, cars and inhumane killings.

 – Most shelters in Russia are overloaded with stray animals and failing to provide adequate food, space, heating and veterinary care.

415636 – Killing and cruel treatment of animals are common in Russia. Under Article 137 of Civil Code of the Russian Federation animals are qualified as inanimate objects and no consideration appears to be given to animal sentience. In addition, neutering is very expensive in Russia and often not affordable to most of the population.

_____ – City Authorities seal off the basements of the apartment blocks, initially to prevent cats from getting inside, but thousands of cats are left inside to die from thirst and starvation. – “Dog hunting” is the mass killings of dogs by poisoning or other horrific means by vigilante citizens. Dogs die in agony that can take hours.

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 – “Dog hunting” is the mass killings of dogs by poisoning or other horrific means by vigilante citizens. Dogs die in agony that can take hours.

“Dog hunting” is the mass killings of dogs by poisoning or other horrific means by vigilante citizens. Dogs die in agony that can

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 – Dog fighting is widespread in Russia. “Pritravochnye stations” train hunting dogs to hunt bear, fox, racoons, badgers, and other animals. The hunted animal is savagely mauled to death by the teeth of trained hunting dogs. - Thousands of animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and rats are routinely injected, gassed, force-fed and killed for cosmetics testing in Russia.

tumblr_mhgt93XRaB1rm28mxo1_500 – Thousands of animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and rats are routinely injected, gassed, force-fed and killed for cosmetics testing in Russia.

- Thousands of animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and rats are routinely injected, gassed, force-fed and killed for cosmetics testing in Russia.


This video uncovers the shocking situation with cetaceans, especially killer whales, in Russia: the lack of animal protection laws, forgery of documents, corruption.

We started working on this case in autumn last year. Find out more here.


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