Group Provides Musher a Probability to Set a New Course—With out Canine
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March 25, 2022
David Perle 202-483-7382
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory – After native musher Michelle Phillips got here in 18th within the controversial Iditarod—a race that has misplaced dozens of sponsors because of canine deaths and mistreatment—PETA despatched her a letter this morning providing to assist pay for the price of coaching and gear so she will be able to embark on a brand new, benign profession equivalent to snowplow operator, ski teacher, or park ranger, with out exploiting canine in any respect.
The request follows studies that in the course of the race, Phillips left behind 5 canine she had pushed past their restrict, forcing the remaining ones to work even tougher to tug her.
PETA notes that greater than 150 canine have died within the Iditarod because it started. In simply this 12 months’s occasion, two canine went lacking, a musher was apparently pressured out of the race after the canine he used had been present in poor situation, and almost 250 canine had been pulled off the path because of exhaustion, sickness, or harm. Earlier than the race even began, canine had been attacked and one was killed throughout coaching.
“As increasingly more folks reject the thought of a race that forces canine to run to their deaths, being a musher is as irrelevant as being a VCR repairer,” says PETA Govt Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA will assist mushers kiss the Iditarod goodbye and transfer right into a job nobody despises anybody for doing.”
PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals usually are not ours to make use of for leisure”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra info, please go to PETA.org or comply with the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.
PETA’s letter to Phillips follows.
March 25, 2022
Expensive Ms. Phillips:
Because you missed out on the Iditarod’s prime prize this 12 months, I’m writing from PETA to counsel a profession change. Now is the time to kiss the Iditarod goodbye and transfer right into a job nobody despises you for doing. PETA will even pay you to do it! We’ll assist cowl the prices of coaching, courses, gear, and no matter else it’s possible you’ll have to set a brand new course.
As condemnation of a race that forces canine to run to their deaths grows and main corporations like Alaska Airways, Coca-Cola, Exxon Mobil, and Millennium Accommodations and Resorts proceed to drop their Iditarod sponsorships, being a musher is turning into as irrelevant as being a VCR repairer. Since you’re an skilled cold-weather skilled, alternatives abound: park ranger, ski teacher, or snowplow operator—all of which might mean you can proceed working within the nice outdoor. This doesn’t must imply the top of your aggressive racing profession, both. For many years, athletes have been collaborating within the Iditarod Path Invitational and Iron Canine races, which comply with the historic Iditarod path however function solely prepared human contributors.
Pursuing a brand new line of labor could be a profitable choice: You may make more cash, and also you wouldn’t be contributing to animal struggling, which is inherent within the Iditarod. Throughout this 12 months’s race, two canine went lacking, a musher was apparently pressured out of the race after the canine he used had been present in poor situation, canine had been attacked and one was killed throughout coaching earlier than the race even started, and almost 250 canine had been pulled off the path because of exhaustion, sickness, or harm.
It’s time to embark on a distinct path, and we’re right here to assist. We stay up for listening to from you quickly.
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