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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


Jun 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 21, 2018 Eva DeRoche
Jun 21, 2018 Carol Smith Help us stop this madness.
Jun 20, 2018 Joyce Ramirez
Jun 20, 2018 Tina Watkins
Jun 20, 2018 Rodney Kolar
Jun 20, 2018 Gloria SCIANDRA
Jun 19, 2018 Beverly. Speirs
Jun 19, 2018 Darlene Littlefield
Jun 19, 2018 mary duffy
Jun 19, 2018 Marti Clement
Jun 19, 2018 ISABEL SOBRAL
Jun 19, 2018 Samantha Gitman
Jun 19, 2018 Patricia Rister
Jun 19, 2018 Amy Pfaffman
Jun 19, 2018 Jack Martin
Jun 19, 2018 Carolyn Branch
Jun 19, 2018 Angela Kleis
Jun 19, 2018 Lisa Gurney
Jun 19, 2018 JOHN Mercer
Jun 19, 2018 J Trainor
Jun 18, 2018 Kathy Baer
Jun 18, 2018 Evelyn Scimone
Jun 18, 2018 Tamara Bacon
Jun 17, 2018 Adelina Veliu
Jun 16, 2018 Danielle Schultz
Jun 16, 2018 Bridget Hopper
Jun 16, 2018 Elly Mavrata People who enjoy cruelty and death are potential criminals.
Jun 14, 2018 Leslie Ryan
Jun 13, 2018 karen mcIntyre These dogs deserve a home with all the comforts that our pets have. Chaining 24/7 is inhumane, these dogs have the same wants & needs as any dog! Stop this insane cruelty now & protect these innocent dogs.
Jun 12, 2018 Dean LaPorte
Jun 12, 2018 Angie Hyde
Jun 12, 2018 (Name not displayed) Please stop this cruel sport.
Jun 12, 2018 Florence Ticknor Stop abusing these poor dogs
Jun 12, 2018 Debbie Skowronski
Jun 11, 2018 Sandy Martinez
Jun 11, 2018 SANDRA Garofolo please stop this horrible cruel tourist attraction...its the people who actually pay to do this that need their heads examined...so cruel to animals in inhumane
Jun 11, 2018 Eileen Riddell
Jun 11, 2018 Jazzmin Johnson
Jun 11, 2018 Anna Wauer
Jun 11, 2018 Steven Irwin
Jun 11, 2018 Dianna Rosales Please save the dogs, no more abuse.
Jun 11, 2018 LA Goldsmith
Jun 11, 2018 Wendy Docherty
Jun 11, 2018 Robin Smith
Jun 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 10, 2018 Shelly Harper Save the dogs!!! This is horrible!!! Breaks my heart!!
Jun 10, 2018 Kristina Jansen I'm sorry because the race is amazing and the dogs are beautiful, but having the race is not worth the death of even 1 dog. If it can't be made safe, then it should not be run.
Jun 10, 2018 JULIE ROBERTS
Jun 10, 2018 Michelle Slentz Too many dead dogs - the race is not worth the price of brutality toward those dogs who love to run - not be forced to die in a race for man’s greed or pride.

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