For Immediate Release:
September 13, 2022
David Perle 202-483-7382
Englewood, Colo. – On Thursday, PETA supporters will descend on downtown Englewood with a sled full of realistic-looking dead dog props, asking locally based Liberty Media to push its subsidiary GCI—an Alaskan internet service provider—to stop sponsoring the Iditarod dog race, in which more than 150 dogs have died. Later, they’ll head to Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei’s home to hand-deliver one of the “dead dogs.”
When: Thursday, September 15, 12 noon
Where: The intersection of Broadway and Englewood Parkway, Englewood
“The Iditarod kills many dogs and forces others to run until their bodies break down, with most of the survivors left with permanent lung damage,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on Liberty Media to stop propping up this deeply disturbing, despicably cruel dog race.”
Dogs used for the Iditarod suffer from bleeding ulcers, heart attacks, pneumonia, and frostbite. Up to half of those who start don’t finish due to exhaustion, injury, or illness, leaving the remaining ones to shoulder an even heavier burden. When the dogs aren’t being raced, they’re chained up next to dilapidated boxes or plastic barrels in the bitter cold.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.