For Immediate Release:
January 20, 2022
David Perle 202-483-7382
Anchorage, Alaska – Below, please find a statement from PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman in response to reports that a team of dogs used by a musher registered for the Willow 300 and the Iditarod was hit by a truck, killing one of them and injuring others:
Jaye Foucher may now “get” what PETA has been saying for years: The dog-sledding industry is rife with dangers for dogs, from being hit by vehicles to asphyxiation, heart attacks, and freezing to death. No prize is worth a dog’s life, and we urge Foucher to do what’s right and best for dogs by dropping out of the Willow 300, the Iditarod, and racing altogether.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information about PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.