For Immediate Release:
October 21, 2022
David Perle 202-483-7382
Austin, Texas – At today’s protest at Circuit of the Americas over Formula 1’s (F1) ties to the Iditarod dog-sled race—in which more than 150 dogs have died—police detained three of PETA’s protesters, including one in a husky dog costume, and removed them from the property in a golf cart. Photos are available here.
The protesters were issued a trespass warning and prohibited from returning to the Circuit of the Americas, but the rest of this weekend’s protests will go full steam ahead on the public property in front of the racetrack’s entrance. Further details about the protests appear in the media alert below.
Protesters to Descend on Formula 1 Over Ties to Iditarod Dog-Race Deaths
What: This weekend, a PETA “husky” mascot representing the 150 dogs who have died in the Iditarod dog-sledding race will lead other animal defenders as they gather outside the Formula 1 (F1) Grand Prix with signs reading, “Formula 1: Cut Ties With Iditarod Cruelty!” PETA wants F1’s owner, Liberty Media, to permanently put the brakes on its support of the notorious race and the dogs’ suffering and abuse both during and after the race, as reflected in this damning video footage. PETA has already persuaded Millennium Hotels and Resorts, Coca-Cola, ExxonMobil, Alaska Airlines, and Wells Fargo to pull their sponsorships.
“The Iditarod forces dogs to cross nearly 1,000 grueling miles of ice and wind, causing them to suffer from bleeding ulcers, heart attacks, pneumonia, and frostbite and to die from inhaling their own vomit,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on F1 to stop propping up this blood-soaked race.”
Where: Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. (near the intersection with Elroy Road), Austin
When: Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22, at 12 noon and Sunday, October 23, at 10 a.m.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.