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Dog Killings Prompt Call for Stricter Laws

Written by PETA | March 16, 2011

Following the gruesome killing of 100 dogs used to give sled tours in Whistler, British Columbia, a Canadian government task force wants to set new guidelines for the dogsledding industry and toughen up cruelty-to-animals laws. It’s not a moment too soon! 

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An employee of dogsled company Outdoor Adventures Whistler says he was made to shoot or cut the throats of the dogs when the demand for dogsled rides dropped after the Vancouver Olympics in the spring of 2010. The huge public outcry prompted the Canadian government to investigate the incident and the dogsled industry’s animal welfare standards—or lack thereof.

Heading up the task force is Dr. Terry Lake, who said, “I don’t like the word cull. I think that means you are killing a bunch of animals you don’t need. I think that is unacceptable and our recommendations will reflect that.”

Speaking of dog abuse, the first person to cross the finish line in the Iditarod broke the previous record by three hours. Somehow, the fact that dogs are being forced to work harder and harder every year doesn’t seem like reason to celebrate. So far, at least one dog in the race has collapsed and had to be resuscitated.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Jesse says:

    @Carla- Actually, I have to disagree with you. Where can you find better entertainment than watching happy young colts galloping and play fighting in a field while their placid mothers stand watch? Or happy dogs running and bouncing and playing with each other in the park? Or, better yet, elk grazing or, if you’re lucky, the bull bugling to rival males and his females? Animals are definitely here for entertainment. We don’t need to interfere with their lives for them to be the best entertainment possible. Anyhow, the sled dog tour companies don’t need to be shut down. They need to treat the dogs fairly and humanely and when the dog can no longer be of use to the company (maybe put a law in place to set an age limit) they need to rehome them, not kill them. They could partner up with a shelter, an organization who specializes in socializing and rehoming sled dogs, or start their own program. It will be a long road, but this is a simple fix. Not easy, but simple.

  • Ро says:

    Убийцы! А теперь задумайся кто РАБотает на мясокомбинате? И кто ты после того как покушаешь шашлычек!

  • Carolyn tibbs says:

    I personally do not have a desireto visit Canada myself, they are barbaric and behind time. I boycott their proucts.

  • EVA V says:

    KILLING THE DOGS! WHY? BEACAUSE OF THE COSTS?WEEL-HOW STUPID CAN ONE BE?OF CAUSE THE INCOME WILL DECREASE AFTER THE EVNT WAS OVER.WHAT DID HE THINK BEFORE GETTING ALL THE DOGS FOR JUST ONE EVENT?CRAZY GUY! THE DOGS COULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN AWAY OR SOLD FOR A SMALL AMOUNT TO PEOPLE THAT LOVES DOGS,AND BECOME NICE FAMILYPETS. EVA FROM SWEDEN

  • DORCAS says:

    WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM A GOVERNMENT, WHO ALLOWS THE MURDER AND SLAUGHTER OF MILLIONS OF BABY SEAL PUPS, EVEN AT THE DISGUST OF CANADA’S OWN PEOPLE !! EVERY YEAR THE ICE FLOWS RUN RED FROM THE BLOOD OF INNOCENT BABY HARP SEALS !!!

  • Linda says:

    We need to put an end to this cruelty. What the hell is wrong with people? The person who slaughtered these poor animals should be fined and receive a long jail sentence. How does he sleep at night? Scary….

  • Carla* says:

    Finally someone is stepping up to the plate!! But my heart still breaks for these poor dogs. Animals were never put on this earth for our entertainment!! Period.

  • Claudia says:

    My God, they use them as toalette papers. Ask them if they would like to have a shot if they were ill and slow??????????????

  • Penny says:

    The Canadian government have been extremely slow in doing anything at all about this despicable incident, but what can you expect from a government that still allows baby seals to be culled in such a cruel way? Whilst they are doing something about the dogs maybe they’d like to do a lot of banning the seal culls? I will never, ever visit Canada until they do.

  • David says:

    I live in northern Canada. There was a dogsled race held recently in my community. I wrote an open letter to my government opposing the dogsled race but I heard ABSOLUTELY NO RESPONSE. If the federal government imposes new legislation, GREAT, because local governments are completely ignoring the issues.

  • K.G.Stikkelorum says:

    Bravo. Excellent decision. Wishing you and your team the best.

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