Video shows appalling dog cull as Azerbaijani authorities clear streets

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Victim Blaming Endometriosis Immigration George Osborne Greece Michael Gove News >World Video reveals appalling dog cull as Azerbaijan clears streets ahead of European Games Animal rights campaigners allege that authorities in capital Baku are killing the dogs ahead of hosting the European Games
Rose Troup Buchanan Rose Troup Buchanan Rose is an online news reporter.
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Print Your friend’s email address Your email address Note: We do not store your email address(es) but your IP address will be logged to prevent abuse of this feature. Please read our Legal Terms & Policies A A A Email A shocking video has emerged of abused stray dogs being rescued ahead of their execution in Azerbaijan as authorities
The footage, published by Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, was shot by animal rights campaigner Yelena Simakina on 27 February in the Azerbaijani town of Baku, which will host the European Games in less than 100 days.
The campaigner claims that authorities are shooting larger dogs on the streets of Baku and killing the smaller one – two of which are seen cowering under Ms Simakina�s hand – with shovels to save the bullets.
Warning: Viewers may find the following footage and images upsetting

Ms Simakina�s footage, which cannot be independently verified, appears to show her in a large concrete courtyard. There appears to be blood on the ground and in one corner there is an open fire, in which the bodies of what appear to be dead dogs are burning.
Two animals are in the courtyard: a small dog and what appears to be a puppy, which cowers under Ms Simakina�s hand as she attempts to reassure the animal.

At the end of the video, Ms Simakina leaves the courtyard with the two animals, one under her arm.
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One of the animals cowers as help appears Similar footage of Baku authorities appearing to mistreat animals has emerged in the past.
In 2013 a video purportedly showed men dragging dogs into the back of a van, clearly marked in Azeri with �Baku Executive Authority,� and killing the canine in front of children.
The latest video may reopen the debate raging since 2012 – when the Azerbajani capital hosted the Eurovision Song Contest – which saw stray dogs killed by authorities in one of the biggest civic initiatives in years as part of an attempt to smarten up the city ahead of the international attention.

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