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© Sled Dogs Film
Discover Holidays offers dogsledding excursions in Canada and Alaska, even though the company knows that the Iditarod has caused the deaths of more than 150 dogs—and countless others have died while chained during the off-season or been killed because they were deemed unfit or not fast enough to compete. Since five dogs died in less than one week of the 2017 Iditarod, the industry has been embroiled in controversy. Dallas Seavey, the four-time Iditarod "champion," was implicated in a doping scandal, and just days later, a whistleblower came forward with evidence purportedly showing that operators at Seavey's kennel allowed severely injured and ailing dogs to suffer without veterinary care—sometimes fatally. Offering tours of such kennels in the off-season is what helps keep this dying industry in business.
A growing list of companies—including Costco, Maxwell House, Nestlé, Pizza Hut, Rite Aid, Safeway, State Farm, and Wells Fargo—have already severed ties with this industry. Most recently, another Canada-based travel company, Merit Travel Group—which operates CruiseExperts Travel and AlaskaCruiseExperts.com—dropped all dogsledding excursions from its offerings. Please, join PETA in urging Discover Holidays to catch up to its competitors by ending its dogsledding tours immediately.