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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 17, 2017 Lorrie Riley
Nov 17, 2017 Kelly Cerbone
Nov 17, 2017 norma Seymour
Nov 17, 2017 ann marie bartz
Nov 17, 2017 KAREN UPDEGRAFF
Nov 17, 2017 (Name not displayed) You’re horrible people for pushing dogs like that. This should be banned as soon as possible
Nov 17, 2017 Jessica Brownlee
Nov 17, 2017 Anna Maria Sergi
Nov 17, 2017 April Shelton It's not the race I object to, but the inhumane conditions. Dogs should not have to give their lives for human sport.
Nov 17, 2017 (Name not displayed) stop the cruel and abusive treatment
Nov 17, 2017 Wendy Tonga Please step up and protect these beautiful dogs.
Nov 17, 2017 Samantha Aker
Nov 17, 2017 Ashley Hill
Nov 17, 2017 Jeanette Desmond
Nov 17, 2017 S G
Nov 17, 2017 nike sudarman
Nov 17, 2017 Josie Passarelli
Nov 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 17, 2017 Carolyn Taveras-Metz Sled dogs or not should be treated the same as all other animals and live cruelty free. Husky dogs should be treated as a blessing for what they do not tortured.
Nov 17, 2017 padma mehra STOP THIS RACE WHICH KILLS INNOCENTS
Nov 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 Lynda Barondes
Nov 16, 2017 Janis Ciofalo
Nov 16, 2017 A Ward
Nov 16, 2017 Andreas Papapanagiotou
Nov 16, 2017 Jackie Doying
Nov 16, 2017 P Garbett
Nov 16, 2017 Robin Blakesley
Nov 16, 2017 Laura Trondina
Nov 16, 2017 melissa abers
Nov 16, 2017 Bettina Bowers
Nov 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 15, 2017 Rebecca Anderson
Nov 15, 2017 Sue Mcguey
Nov 15, 2017 denise mulligan This is a cruel and unnecessary 'sport'. Please consider making it less taxing on the dogs, perhaps a much shorter race...
Nov 15, 2017 Richard Han
Nov 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 14, 2017 Kaitlin McGonigle
Nov 14, 2017 Paige Warren
Nov 14, 2017 marianne cresci
Nov 14, 2017 Ravinder Singh
Nov 14, 2017 Candris Madison
Nov 14, 2017 Lesley Fetterman
Nov 14, 2017 Martha Swartz These dogs are YOUR responsibility. How responsible are you? There is no room for neglect or cruelty with these animals. We can do things with ignorance or compassion. What kind of Governor are you?
Nov 14, 2017 Kristy Preston
Nov 11, 2017 Julia Edinger Stop the cruel treatment of these precious souls !!
Nov 11, 2017 Pamela Townsend
Nov 10, 2017 Susan Borski
Nov 10, 2017 Frank Petrulat
Nov 10, 2017 Berry Berkel

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