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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


May 22, 2018 Annamaria Rizzo
May 21, 2018 Jomarie Minton
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 Ronda Hightower
May 21, 2018 jen plishka
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2018 Elva Munro
May 21, 2018 Odile Regan
May 20, 2018 ki paul
May 20, 2018 Marsha Brink
May 20, 2018 Sugar Bouche
May 20, 2018 Melissa Lewis
May 20, 2018 Irene Yoshida
May 20, 2018 Elizabeth Pritchard
May 20, 2018 Regina Reginas
May 20, 2018 Pinelopi Demetriadou
May 20, 2018 Rhonda Spaulding
May 19, 2018 Moneca Zeviar omg this is making me sick animals are like a fmaily member this is not right
May 19, 2018 Marni Holmes
May 19, 2018 Maureen Wheeler
May 19, 2018 Chemane Krasner
May 19, 2018 Jill Banta
May 19, 2018 valerie bowie
May 19, 2018 Lizzie LeMoine
May 18, 2018 Julie Wild
May 18, 2018 Mani S
May 18, 2018 Freda Barrett The treatment of these sled dogs is barbaric and cruel. No animal should be used and abused for man's personal gain. Stop the races altogether.
May 18, 2018 Brenda Howells This is cruelty in every way.These dogs suffer and die for ignorant people's pleasure
May 18, 2018 Margery Hughes
May 18, 2018 Susan Diller
May 18, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
May 18, 2018 Jessica Haag
May 18, 2018 Betty Delman
May 18, 2018 Tara Spires
May 18, 2018 Andrea Mathis
May 18, 2018 Jaci Taylor
May 18, 2018 Amy Smardz
May 18, 2018 Mona Boggio
May 18, 2018 Pam Steele
May 18, 2018 Dennis Gaida
May 18, 2018 margaret frest
May 18, 2018 Bradley Couchman
May 18, 2018 Robert Alaniz
May 18, 2018 Linda Albright
May 18, 2018 Donna Selquist
May 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2018 Leticia Garcia
May 17, 2018 KATHLEEN TENNYSON
May 17, 2018 Christina Williams
May 17, 2018 Megan Burkholder

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