PETA Calls For Iditarod’s End After Three Dogs Die In This Year’s Race

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) announced the Iditarod after three dogs died during a 1,000-mile sled dog race in Alaska this year, the first dog casualties in five years. seeking an end to.

The competition began on March 2nd. During the race, the musher and his team of dogs raced through blizzards and whiteouts, across mountain ranges, the frozen Yukon River and the Bering Sea.

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Two dogs died during the race on Sunday, March 10, and another on Tuesday.

Iditarod Trail Committee report Bog, a 2-year-old male on dogfighter Isaac Teaford’s team, collapsed about 200 feet from the Nurato checkpoint on Sunday morning.

“Iditarod inspectors and an Iditarod veterinarian approached the team and performed CPR for 20 minutes, but unfortunately Bogg was not saved.” wrote the committee.

Another dog, George, a four-year-old male from Musher Hunter Keefe’s team, collapsed on the road about 55 miles from Kaltag while the team was en route to Unalakleet.Iditarod Trail Committee reveal All attempts to revive the dog were unsuccessful.

The commission also said necropsies would be conducted to determine the cause of death for both dogs.

according to race rulesIf a dog dies on the trail, the musher must voluntarily resign or be disqualified unless the cause of death was an “unpreventable hazard.”

Associated Press Mushers Keefe and Teaford voluntarily withdrew from the Iditarod race on Sunday after the death or injury of one of the team’s dogs, according to reports.

A third dog on musher Calvin Daugherty’s team, Henry, a 3-year-old male, collapsed on the trail about 16 miles before reaching the Shaktlik checkpoint on Tuesday.

The Iditarod Trail Committee wrote in a statement: “Daugherty performed CPR, but unfortunately attempts to revive Henry were unsuccessful.”

As with the other two dogs, a necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of Henry’s death.

Daughterty also had to voluntarily quit the 1,000-mile sled dog race after Henry’s death.

A sled dog takes off from the start chute in the 2010 Iditarod on March 7, 2010 in Willow, Alaska, USA.
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In response to these dog victims, animal rights organization PETA has always someone who loudly criticizes raceonce again calling for the end of the Iditarod.

PETA races “A deadly nightmare for dogs forced to race” They claim that more than 150 dogs have died since the race began in 1973.

Following the deaths of Bog and George, PETA Senior Vice President Colleen O’Brien said: “PETA is calling for an end to this despicable race before dogs like Bog lose their lives.

“The death toll of dogs forced to run to the point of breakdown continues to rise, all so that the human winners get the trophies and the dogs get the ice graves.” she continued.

PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Lyman also said: her statement Here’s what he said about the recent fatal accident. “Only at the Iditarod can people force dogs to run to death, or be videotaped trying to force a fallen dog to stand up and keep walking. Nowhere else in this country can animals be abused. This is a reprehensible act flagged by PETA that will lead to criminal charges.”

PETA later released another statement after Henry’s death, calling it the Iditarod. “Shame of Alaska.”

she added,“How many more dogs have to die before this situation stops?” A dog’s life is worth more than that. ”

The 2024 Iditarod is the deadliest dog race in recent years since 2017. A total of five dogs died that year. Three of the animals died on the trail, and the fourth died when a cargo flight overheated. fifth dog He dropped out of the race, escaped the care of his handler, and collided with a vehicle.

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