Written by PETA
Yesterday—the day after President Obama released his proposed 2012 budget cuts—PETA dashed off a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, pointing out a desperately needed cut to the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) budget: its $100,000 sponsorship of the 2011 Iditarod. Less than 24 hours later, we have received word that the TSA would withdraw its support of this cruel event.
We were scratching our heads over how forcing dogs to slog through more than 1,000 miles of snow and ice in roughly two weeks in any way aided transportation security, but the TSA says the money was part of an effort to recruit airport security screeners … which still has us scratching our heads …
Anyway, after learning from PETA that 20 Iditarod dogs have died since 2005—often from hypothermia, bleeding stomach ulcers, or "sled dog myopathy" (literally being run to death)—the TSA hustled to distance itself from Alaska's annual husky massacre.
A sled dog lot from 2010 Iditarod. jkbrooks85/cc by2.0
Tail-waggingly good call, TSA. And if you still need help recruiting airport screeners, we're really good at coming up with catchy ad campaigns.
Written by Alisa Mullins
I've actually read a lot on this race, and there is more to it than what you claim.
YES, there have been dog deaths, but the riders do whatever they can to save the dogs. They also have booties to protect their feet that are changed after EVERY mile.
One minor illness, they're removed, and if four are taken off the race, the whole sled is eliminated. most teams drop because of this rule, which the vets are VERY STRICT on. I mean, I've read the pull the dogs out of the race if they do not eat within two minutes of check-in. The dogs have to eat heartily, and yes, several teams are eliminated because of this, let alone some issues you've brought up.
BTW, I've also read that the Iditarod is protesting this attack on them and are going to go petition the TSA to reconsider.
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