With More Than 150 Deaths, It's Time to Get Dogs out of the Iditarod

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Dogs in the Iditarod are forced to run nearly 1,000 miles in under two weeks and are subjected to biting winds, blinding snowstorms, and subzero temperatures. Many pull muscles, incur stress fractures, or are afflicted with diarrhea, dehydration, intestinal viruses, or aspiration pneumonia (caused by inhaling their own vomit).

A PETA eyewitness worked at two dog kennels owned by former Iditarod champions and found that dogs there were denied veterinary care for painful injuries, kept constantly chained next to dilapidated boxes and plastic barrels in the bitter cold and harsh wind, and forced to run even when they were exhausted and dehydrated.

More than 150 dogs have died in the Iditarod since it began, and those are just the reported deaths—this number doesn't include the ones who died immediately after the race, during training, or while chained to plastic barrels outdoors during the off-season.

This is how sled dogs were warehoused for 40+ years in the mountains of Colorado.

Please send polite comments to Austin Quinn-Davidson, acting mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, at [email protected]. Note: This address appears to have blocked e-mails that mention PETA, so please leave the word "PETA" out of your correspondence. A template letter is below.

Then, use the form below to urge the mayor of Nome to celebrate Alaskan huskies without causing them to suffer and die by replacing them with willing human cyclists, cross-country skiers, or snowmobilers.

Mayor John K.
Nome, Alaska

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