Tell Beverage Distributor that the Iditarod Is an Arctic Nightmare for Dogs

The Iditarod is an arctic nightmare for the dogs who are forced to pull heavy sleds approximately 1,000 miles in less than two weeks. While these dogs are kept chained and suffer and die for the cruel race, beverage company The Odom Corporation is sponsoring it.

Dogs residing at a kennel run by 2017 Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey. These dogs are chained up with only a plastic barrel for shelter.

Dogs residing at a kennel run by 2017 Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey. These dogs are chained up with only a plastic barrel for shelter.

In just the last decade, dogs forced to run in the Iditarod have died of heart attacks, internal bleeding, and aspiration pneumonia as well as from being buried alive in snow. More than 150 dogs have died in the race since it began, and nearly 200 were pulled from the 2021 race. Countless others have died during the off-season chained to a post or were killed simply because they couldn’t run fast enough.

chained dog in snow© CCI Entertainment

© Sled Dogs Film

Urge The Odom Corporation to join the growing list of companies—including ExxonMobil, Alaska Airlines; Chrysler’s Anchorage, Alaska, dealership; The Coca-Cola Company; Jack Daniel’s; and others—that have ended their affiliations with this death race.

Please send polite comments to:

Jim Odom
[email protected]

Please feel free to use our sample letter, but remember that using your own words is always more effective.

Suggested Letter Subject Line
Please Stop Sponsoring the Deadly Iditarod
Suggested Letter Content

Get PETA Updates

Stay up to date on the latest vegan trends and get breaking animal rights news delivered straight to your inbox!

By submitting this form, you are agreeing to our collection, storage, use, and disclosure of your personal info in accordance with our privacy policy as well as to receiving e-mails from us.

 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“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

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind