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For the Iditarod, dogs are forced to run approximately 1,000 miles while pulling a heavy sled in some of the most grueling conditions on Earth. Up to half of those who start don't finish, leaving the remaining to shoulder an even heavier burden. In this year's race, more than 220 dogs were pulled off the trail, including a senior dog named Cool Cat, who developed twisted intestines and almost died of painful bloat.
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A PETA eyewitness worked at two dog kennels owned by former Iditarod champions and found widespread neglect and suffering. Dogs were denied veterinary care for painful injuries, kept constantly chained next to dilapidated boxes and plastic barrels in the bitter cold and biting wind, and forced to run even when they were exhausted and dehydrated.
The leading cause of death for dogs who don't survive the Iditarod is aspiration pneumonia, which is likely caused by inhaling their own vomit. More than 150 dogs have died in the race's history, not counting those who died while languishing on a short chain during the off-season or were killed because they lacked the speed and stamina to make the cut.
Please send polite emails to:
- Joanne Koh Manager of Group Corporate Affairs Hong Leong Group (the parent company of Millennium Hotels and Resorts), at [email protected]
- Edward Rohling Senior Vice President of Head of Asset Management, North America Millennium Hotels and Resorts at [email protected]
Then, use the form below to Tell Millennium Hotels and Resorts—whose Lakefront Anchorage hotel is still supporting the death race—to cut ties now.
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