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The graceful beauty and power of a husky barreling through snow shouldn't invoke feelings of suffering and torture. But every year since 1973, during Alaska's 1,000-mile Iditarod race in early March, hundreds are forced into a state-sanctioned nightmare.

The Iditarod has long been controversial for its treatment of sled dogs. They're whipped and driven to run more than 100 miles a day in sub-zero temperatures. And while the power to keep those dogs safe lies with the State of Alaska, exemptions are actually in place precluding the dogs from protection under animal cruelty laws.

Hardly an Iditarod has been held in which a dog did not die.

In almost all of the Iditarod races, at least one dog death has occurred. According to the Sled Dog Action Commission, at least 147 dogs have died in the history of the race, with 15 to 19 falling dead from overwork in the very first, 43 years ago. At least 107 dogs were dead after the 1997 race, as reported by the Anchorage Daily News at the time. In 2009, five dogs died, leaving local veterinarians and animal rights workers helpless to do anything but watch.

"Last year, three dogs died. That is near the average for the Iditarod, and the causes of two of the 2008 deaths were quickly obvious," the Alaska Dispatch News reported the gruesome state of the race in 2009. "One dog was struck and killed by a snowmachine. The other had at some point during the race spit up intestinal fluids and then inhaled them. It was dropped at a checkpoint along the trail and flown back to Anchorage only to die here of what is called 'aspiration induced pneumonia.'"

The dogs that aren't killed by machines are killed by the effects of hyperexhaustion as they burn over 12,000 calories a day, for 9 straight days or longer. Their bodies are later tossed into the dump.

“That first race (1973), from Anchorage to McGrath, all you could see along the trail was dog blood and dead dogs," McGrath, AK resident Ted Almasy told the Wasilla Frontiersman 1986. "That's when I got into it with them. After each Iditarod, we used to see dead dogs at the dump. You’d see them poor dogs, blood coming out of both ends.'”

This is not how these dogs deserve to live.

Sign below and tell the Governor of Alaska to remove the clause exempting competition sled dogs from its animal cruelty laws.

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To the Governor of Alaska,

There is overwhelming support by the people of your state and of the rest of the country, to end the needless deaths carried out every year at the hands of the Iditarod Race. The same animal cruelty protections afforded to the animals in our homes should be extended to the sled dogs of this race. There is simply no excuse not to.

The graceful beauty and power of a husky barreling through snow shouldn't invoke feelings of suffering and torture. But every year since 1973, during Alaska's 1,000-mile Iditarod race in early March, hundreds are forced into a state-sanctioned nightmare.

The Iditarod has long been controversial for its treatment of sled dogs. They're whipped and driven to run more than 100 miles a day in sub-zero temperatures. And while the power to keep those dogs safe lies with the State of Alaska, exemptions are actually in place precluding the dogs from protection under animal cruelty laws.

Hardly an Iditarod has been held in which a dog did not die.

In almost all of the Iditarod races, at least one dog death has occurred. According to the Sled Dog Action Commission, at least 147 dogs have died in the history of the race, with 15 to 19 falling dead from overwork in the very first, 43 years ago. At least 107 dogs were dead after the 1997 race, as reported by the Anchorage Daily News at the time. In 2009, five dogs died, leaving local veterinarians and animal rights workers helpless to do anything but watch.

"Last year, three dogs died. That is near the average for the Iditarod, and the causes of two of the 2008 deaths were quickly obvious," the Alaska Dispatch News reported the gruesome state of the race in 2009. "One dog was struck and killed by a snowmachine. The other had at some point during the race spit up intestinal fluids and then inhaled them. It was dropped at a checkpoint along the trail and flown back to Anchorage only to die here of what is called 'aspiration induced pneumonia.'"

The dogs that aren't killed by machines are killed by the effects of hyperexhaustion as they burn over 12,000 calories a day, for 9 straight days or longer. Their bodies are later tossed into the dump.

“That first race (1973), from Anchorage to McGrath, all you could see along the trail was dog blood and dead dogs," McGrath, AK resident Ted Almasy told the Wasilla Frontiersman 1986. "That’s when I got into it with them. After each Iditarod, we used to see dead dogs at the dump. You’d see them poor dogs, blood coming out of both ends.'”

Governor, this is not how these dogs deserve to live, and I demand that the State of Alaska remove the clause exempting competition sled dogs from its animal cruelty laws.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Nov 22, 2017 Natalia Drzewicka
Nov 22, 2017 Trisha Soles
Nov 22, 2017 Kristel Soles
Nov 22, 2017 Mindy Schech
Nov 21, 2017 Stephanie Reed
Nov 21, 2017 janet phail-droege
Nov 21, 2017 Lesley Bolton
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Nov 21, 2017 SANDY RUSSELL
Nov 21, 2017 Fabian Müller
Nov 21, 2017 Ingrid Reich
Nov 20, 2017 Stacey Govito
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Nov 20, 2017 Penny Fleischman
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Nov 20, 2017 Sergio Rossi
Nov 19, 2017 Robin Kerns
Nov 19, 2017 Rebecca Dunne
Nov 19, 2017 Vanditta Diwakar
Nov 19, 2017 Vivienne Ben-Shir
Nov 19, 2017 Patty Kowalczyk
Nov 19, 2017 Maria Bansfield
Nov 19, 2017 Sharon Brown
Nov 19, 2017 Diane Richards
Nov 19, 2017 Rosalind Wilton
Nov 19, 2017 Ewa Ewa
Nov 19, 2017 Linda Diers
Nov 19, 2017 KT Bohren
Nov 19, 2017 Harish Jadav
Nov 19, 2017 Susannah Gelbart
Nov 19, 2017 Beverly Schwarz
Nov 19, 2017 Araiceli Castro
Nov 19, 2017 Kelly Fadden
Nov 19, 2017 Sadie Waite
Nov 19, 2017 Marguerite Panzica
Nov 19, 2017 Jean Jordan
Nov 18, 2017 Catherine Affrunti
Nov 18, 2017 Lynne Rhodes
Nov 18, 2017 Lorraine Oliver
Nov 18, 2017 Carolyn Francis
Nov 18, 2017 Shelli Stanley Dogs are not machines! I would never subject my dog to such a cruel "sport." I am shocked to learn dogs die in this race.
Nov 18, 2017 Teresa Suazo
Nov 18, 2017 Patty Brothag
Nov 18, 2017 Jenny Summers
Nov 17, 2017 Janice Brooks
Nov 17, 2017 Juanamaria Guzman
Nov 17, 2017 Dipali Parikh Please stop this act
Nov 17, 2017 Chris Bowser
Nov 17, 2017 Cynthia Luyo
Nov 17, 2017 Katherine Hinson

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