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.