For Immediate Release:
May 7, 2020
David Perle 202-483-7382
Wasilla, Alaska – Below, please find a statement from PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman in response to reports that four-time Iditarod champion Lance Mackey has been disqualified from this year’s race after testing positive for meth:
Lance Mackey should have been disqualified for life after he ran dogs to death in 2004 and 2015. The more PETA learns about the things that these mushers do—from doping dogs to killing them if they’re too slow to chaining them up like bicycles in the snow—the clearer it becomes that the self-described “Last Great Race” is just a disgrace.
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 PETA.org.