PETA Statement: Lame Dog Forced to Run Iditarod

For Immediate Release:
March 9, 2021

David Perle 202-483-7382

Rainy Pass, Alaska – Below, please find a statement from PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien in response to video footage from the Rainy Pass checkpoint showing an apparently limping dog who was forced to pull Martin Buser’s sled:

From the looks of it, Martin Buser put an injured dog back in the harness—and the Iditarod, which calls some dog deaths an “unpreventable hazard,” didn’t stop him. PETA wants this dog removed from the race before its death toll of 150-plus dogs climbs any higher.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit

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