For Immediate Release:
March 15, 2020
David Perle 202-483-7382
Anchorage, Alaska – Below, please find a statement from PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien in response to musher Matthew Failor’s decision to remain in the Iditarod after one of the dogs he uses, Cool Cat, nearly died of painful bloat:
When Matthew Failor forced this senior dog to run hard, she developed twisted intestines and almost died, her stomach painfully distended. Instead of staying with her while she recovered, he kept right on racing for the cash prize in an event that risks—and often takes—dogs’ lives. This incident illustrates why PETA is campaigning to end this deadly race: No prize purse is worth a dog’s life.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—notes that Failor appears to keep the dogs at his facility chained to boxes, a practice previously revealed in PETA’s exposé of former Iditarod champion mushers’ facilities.
More information about the campaign against the Iditarod is available on PETA’s website.