Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Olympics Continue to Threaten the Lives of Local Cats

According to a recent BBC News report and the Celia Hammond Animal Trust (CHAT), hundreds of cats face being crushed to death by construction machinery in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games. CHAT volunteers rescued 157 cats from the site before being banned in the beginning of August. The group has repeatedly requested permission to trap and relocate the cats, but the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) continues to refuse them access to the property. However, the ODA has agreed to spend £70,000 rescuing 150 newts from another part of the site.

ACR is urging our members to write letters to the International Olympic Committee and members of the Olympic Delivery Authority expressing their discontent with the building operations of participating countries. Let the Committee know that you will not support the Games unless the host countries change their views and treatment of animals living in these future sites. Also, request the ODA to allow CHAT to rescue the remaining cats; they provided money to rescue newts but show no concern for the well-being of the cats. Please express to the Committee that the Olympics has come a long way since the first athletes met in Athens in 1896; this includes the treatment and welfare of not only its participating athletes but also of those unforeseen “participants” who are displaced to make room for new arenas.


David Higgins, Chief Executive, Olympic Delivery Authority
One Churchill Place
Canary Wharf, London E14 5LN

Lord Sebastian Coe, Olympic Delivery Authority
One Churchill Place
Canary Wharf, London E14 5LN

John Armitt CBE, Chairman, Olympic Delivery Authority
One Churchill Place
Canary Wharf, London, E14 5LN

Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London
Greater London Authority, City Hall, The Queens Walk
More London, London SE1 2AA

International Olympic Committee

Ch√Ęteau de Vidy
1007 Lausanne

Tel: (41.21) 621 61 11
Fax: (41.21) 621 62 16

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