The Iditarod Is Killing Dogs

Alaska’s dangerous Iditarod dog race is set to begin on March 5. During it, dogs will be forced to run about 1,000 miles from Anchorage to Nome in less than two weeks.

In addition to holding in-person protests, PETA exposed abundant abuse during last year’s race:

  • Nearly 200 dogs were pulled off the trail during the race because of exhaustion, illness, injury, or other causes.
  • Musher Dallas Seavey finished first after four dogs he pushed beyond the breaking point had to be removed from the trail.
  • Musher Martin Buser apparently put an injured dog back in the harness and forced him or her to continue racing, despite video footage showing the dog limping.

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This pointless, cruel race is a matter of life and death for dogs. Please take action now to urge companies to drop their Iditarod sponsorships.

Please do the following:

  • Post a comment on the Facebook page for Millennium Hotels and Resorts—whose Lakefront Anchorage hotel is still supporting the death race—and tell it to cut ties now.

  • Call Edward Rohling, senior vice president of Millennium Hotels and Resorts North America, at 212-789-7586 and politely urge him to stop sponsoring the Iditarod. If you reach his voicemail, please leave a message. Note: The voicemail recording may list a different phone number, but be assured that you are calling the correct line.

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  • Tweet at Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei and urge him to stop promoting cruelty to dogs by sponsoring the Iditarod.

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  • On its Instagram account, tell telecommunications provider GCI to stop sponsoring the death race.

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 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