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Last updated at 14:47 GMT, Friday, 03 February 2012

Canine cull

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Speaking out for their four-legged friends.

Activists have gathered in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, to protest against the killing of stray dogs.

They claim thousands have been electrocuted and poisoned in an attempt to clear the streets ahead of Euro 2012.

But protestors think putting them down is cruel and should be banned.

They want the government to fund shelters instead.

activists

protesters

stray

homeless

electrocuted

killed using electricity

putting them down

killing them

shelters

refuges for animals

Exercise

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from BBC news reports.
Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

activists / stray / electrocuted / putting them down / shelters

1.

An Oxfordshire animal rescue centre says it has seen a rise in the number of ________ cats and dogs being left over Christmas.

2.

Most victims are _______________ by overhead power cables, but some fall off train carriages while trains are moving.

3.

They say they hope to help people and save lives. However, animal rights ______________ describe the research as "disgraceful" and "abhorrent".

4.

The__________, which takes in animals that might otherwise be euthanised, had said it would struggle to meet the new rent level for their premises at a Milwaukee-area shopping mall.

5.

Each year four guide dogs are so badly injured that they either have to be _______________ or are immediately retired.

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stray

2

electrocuted

3

activists

4

shelter

5

put down

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