‘I’m an Alaskan, and I Don’t Support the Iditarod’—Sign Now!

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The Iditarod dog-sled race has nothing to do with how the original trail was used—which was as a mail route. In 1925, it served to deliver an emergency supply of diphtheria serum to Nome. The dogs pulling the transport sleds were run in a relay so that none of them would be forced to cover the trail’s entire length. Today’s race is a blood sport, and the Iditarod uses a distorted version of history as an excuse to compel vulnerable dogs to run 1,000 miles through some of the world’s most unforgiving terrain—just so that mushers can win cash prizes and gain fame.

More than 150 dogs have died during the race, and countless others have pulled muscles, sustained stress fractures, developed pneumonia, or become sick with intestinal viruses. But this nightmare extends far beyond the race itself. Even before it begins, dogs who lack the rare speed and stamina to make the grade may be shot or bludgeoned to death, while others are kept chained constantly to dilapidated wooden structures or plastic barrels in all weather extremes.

We can celebrate the historic Iditarod trail and Alaskan huskies without causing dogs to suffer and die. If you’re an Alaskan and you don’t support the Iditarod, please sign this petition and make your voice heard!

I’m an Alaskan, and I don’t support the Iditarod.

The beauty of Alaska and our traditions is as vast as our landscape and deserves to be celebrated. But the deadly Iditarod dog-sled race is a stain on Alaskan culture.

This 1,000-mile race has killed over 150 dogs, not including those who died while chained outside in the bitter cold during the off-season or those who were shot, drowned, or bludgeoned to death because they didn’t make the grade.

These dogs are no different from those who share our homes and lives. We can celebrate the historic Iditarod trail and Alaskan huskies without causing dogs to suffer and die.

This action is limited to residents of Alaska.

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