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More than a dozen sponsors have cut ties with Alaska’s grueling Iditarod dog-sled race after hearing from PETA and our supporters, including four so far this year. But we must keep the pressure on and urge streaming service VUit to cut ties with the cruel and deadly race and never stream it again.
More than 150 dogs have died as a result of the Iditarod, not counting all those who died during the off-season while chained up outside like bicycles in subzero temperatures or those who were shot or bludgeoned to death because they lacked the rare speed and stamina necessary to make the grade. During the 2021 race—which VUit shamelessly streamed—nearly 200 dogs were pulled off the trail because of exhaustion, illness, injury, or other causes. One musher even admitted that the dogs she forced to run suffered from horrible diarrhea, violently vomited, and developed aspiration pneumonia, the leading cause of death for dogs in the Iditarod.
© Sled Dogs Film
No dog would ever choose to run so fast and so hard that they sustain horrific injuries, suffer from persistent lung damage, or even die after inhaling their own vomit. These dogs are no different from those we share our homes with, who only want to live and enjoy loving companionship. Exploiting them for a chance at fame and a cash prize is a form of speciesism—a human-supremacist worldview—and it must end.
© Sled Dogs Film
We need your help to urge VUit (and its parent company, Syncbak) to sprint away from the Iditarod and never stream this death race again. Please contact them:
Post on Vuit’s Facebook Page
Post on Syncbak’s Facebook Page
Call Syncbak at 319-892-3022