For Immediate Release:
March 10, 2017
David Perle 202-483-7382
Below, please find a statement from PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien in response to the death of a dog while running in the Iditarod:
Deacon, the 2-year-old dog who died Thursday while running in the Iditarod, is at least the 28th dog since 2004 to die in this deadly race in which dogs are forced to run up to 100 miles a day through biting winds, blinding snowstorms, subzero temperatures, and treacherous ice. They deserve far better than a lifetime of isolation, cruelty, suffering, and death training for and running in the Iditarod. PETA is calling for a permanent end to this dangerous race.
PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” and more information about our campaign against dog racing is available on PETA’s website.