Written by Jeff Mackey
The 2013 Iditarod
dogsled race is approaching, and it has been preceded by a string of canine deaths in other races, illustrating yet again why PETA works to stop this miserable "sport,"
which can be grueling and even deadly for the animals forced to pull heavy loads over long distances at high
speeds, often in extreme weather conditions.
But what you might not
know is that the dogs used for pulling sleds live miserable lives off the trail, too. When they aren't
pulling heavy sleds, they're often tethered by
short chains to plastic doghouses or ramshackle sheds, living on small patches
of dirt amid their own urine and feces. Chained dogs are at the mercy of
the elements and susceptible to attacks by dangerous wildlife. Recently, for
instance, a pack of chained dogs used for pulling sleds in Alaska was attacked
by a musk ox.
dog-sledding operators shamelessly admit that, to them, dogs are little more
than disposable "equipment" and are often denied adequate food,
shelter, veterinary care, and even humane euthanasia. The following are just a
What You Can Do
our adored animal companions, dogs used for pulling sleds are highly social
pack animals who need to be part of a family, not treated like snowmobiles with
fur. Please help them by sharing the above photo on Facebook and Twitter—especially with
any friends or family members who might be inclined to support the cruel and
you have a general question for PETA and would like a response, please e-mail Info@peta.org. If you need to report cruelty to
an animal, please click
here. If you are reporting an animal in imminent danger and know where to find the
animal and if the abuse is taking place right now, please call your local
police department. If the police are unresponsive, please call PETA
immediately at 757-622-7382 and press 2.
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights? Read more.