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Dogs in the Iditarod are forced to run approximately 1,000 miles in under two weeks. On average, they must run 100 miles a day, with only a few brief periods of rest. They're subjected to biting winds, blinding snowstorms, and subzero temperatures. Many pull muscles, incur stress fractures, or are afflicted with diarrhea, dehydration, intestinal viruses, or pneumonia.
During the 2021 Iditarod, nearly 200 dogs were pulled off the trail, likely because of exhaustion, illness, or injury, including four dogs pushed beyond the breaking point by musher Dallas Seavey—who has raced dogs who have tested positive for opioids, operates a kennel accused of killing dogs who didn’t make the grade, and owns property where a whistleblower reported finding dying puppies. Just one day after crossing the finish line in 2019, Oshi died from aspiration pneumonia—probably from inhaling her own vomit—which is the leading cause of death for dogs who don't survive the race.
These puppies, seen chewing on Pedialyte-soaked sponges, later reportedly die.
In late 2018 and early 2019, a PETA eyewitness worked at two dog kennels owned by former Iditarod champions and found widespread neglect and suffering. Dogs were denied veterinary care for painful injuries, kept constantly chained next to dilapidated boxes and plastic barrels in the bitter cold and biting wind, and forced to run even when they were exhausted and dehydrated.
This is how dogs used for sledding were warehoused for more than 40 years in the mountains of Colorado.
Please send e-mails to the following executives urging them to end their support of the Iditarod:
Then, use the form below to ask Donlin Gold and its parent companies—Barrick Gold Corporation and NOVAGOLD Resources, Inc.—to sever their ties with this death race.