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Might 12, 2022
David Perle 202-483-7382
Wasilla, Alaska – Under, please discover a assertion from PETA Govt Vice President Tracy Reiman in response to the Iditarod Path Committee’s announcement right now that, following appeals, the mushers who sheltered their canine from a harmful and doubtlessly deadly windstorm throughout this yr’s Iditarod will likely be fined $1,000 every:
This determination but once more exposes the Iditarod for the callous anti-dog spectacle it’s. PETA will cowl the mushers’ fines, so long as they pledge by no means once more to place canine in that place by forcing them to race. We urge the general public to not be fooled by the Iditarod’s protection of its abusive rule, punishing folks for saving canine from dying in a storm by bringing them inside.
The 2022 Iditarod was rife with chaos and cruelty, similar to all of the earlier races. Practically 250 canine had been pulled from the occasion, two canine went lacking—one nonetheless has not been discovered and is presumed lifeless—a musher was compelled out of the race after canine he used had been present in poor situation, and canine had been attacked and one was killed throughout coaching earlier than the race even started. All this comes after canine are left exterior on chains between races, typically in subzero temperatures with barely any shelter.
Sponsors are fleeing the race: This yr, Millennium Resorts and Resorts and Nutanix joined ExxonMobil—a former main sponsor that had given the race $250,000 a yr—in addition to Jack Daniel’s, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, Alaska Airways, and 14 different corporations which have minimize ties with the Iditarod after listening to from PETA. Liberty Media subsidiary GCI stays, together with just a few native Alaskan companies—and PETA has bought inventory in Liberty Broadband to push it to drop its sponsorship.
PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals will not be ours to make use of for leisure”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra info on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please go to PETA.org or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.