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From PETA: 2022 Iditarod Canine Abuse


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March 20, 2022

David Perle 202-483-7382

Nome, Alaska – Animal mistreatment is the secret for the Iditarod, and this 12 months was no exception. Now that the ultimate musher has crossed the end line on the expense of her canine, PETA shares the next details about the deaths and chaos that ensued as a way to give a balanced perspective:

  • Pictures from the beginning line present canine chained up within the freezing chilly and mushers dragging canine and heaving them into tiny crates.
  • Practically 250 canine have been pulled off the path due to exhaustion, sickness, damage, or different causes, forcing the remaining ones to work even tougher to tug the mushers.
  • Iditarod “winner” Brent Sass—whose canine have died in different races and who chains his canine to wood containers and plastic barrels within the frigid chilly—left behind three canine who might go no farther. He additionally shared a disturbing video in the course of the race of canine coated in snow and ice within the blistering wind with, as he described, their faces “completely entrenched in snow” and their eyes “all frozen shut.” In a earlier race, he pushed canine up to now past their breaking level that he needed to name for a rescue.
  • Musher Hugh Neff reportedly needed to stop after the canine he was forcing to race—who have been described as “skinny” and have been apparently affected by diarrhea—have been present in such poor situation that they couldn’t proceed. Neff was banned from the 2019 race after certainly one of his canine died in the course of the Yukon Quest.
  • Infamous musher Dallas Seavey—who has raced canine who’ve examined optimistic for opioids, operates a kennel accused of killing canine who didn’t make the grade, and owns property the place a whistleblower reported discovering dying puppies—admitted that in the course of the first half of the race, the canine he was forcing to run have been affected by diarrhea and that a number of canine had been pulled off the path due to accidents.
  • A canine named Jimbo was left behind by musher Richie Diehl and subsequently escaped the Iditarod’s “dropped canine” space in Anchorage. He was on the unfastened for greater than a day.
  • Leon, a canine utilized by rookie musher Sébastien Dos Santos Borges, went lacking on the Ruby checkpoint in the course of the Iditarod—and apparently, he has nonetheless not been discovered.
  • Earlier than the race even started, 4 canine have been severely injured by a moose whereas being pressured to coach by rookie musher Bridgett Watkins, and the month earlier than, a group of canine run by musher Jaye Foucher was hit by a truck, killing certainly one of them, injuring others, and inflicting one other canine to go lacking.

“The Iditarod should finish for the sake of the canine who’re being injured, chained, and labored to the bone,” says PETA Government Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA and anxious individuals everywhere in the nation are calling for this rotten race to hitch the trash heap of historic blunders.”

This 12 months, Millennium Inns and Resorts and Nutanix joined ExxonMobil—a former main sponsor that had given the race $250,000 a 12 months—in addition to Jack Daniel’s, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, Alaska Airways, and 14 different corporations in slicing ties with the Iditarod. PETA supporters denounced the race at its Ceremonial Begin in Anchorage and its Restart in Willow; pressured certainly one of its few remaining main sponsors, GCI, to finish help; and ran anti-Iditarod advertisements on native buses and tv stations.

Extra details about this 12 months’s Iditarod, together with photographs and video of PETA’s protests towards it, is out there right here.

PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals will not be ours to make use of for leisure”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra data on PETA’s newsgathering and reporting, please go to or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.




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