Save innocent Alaskan dogs
Let's stand up against cruel dog racing
A deadly run, a thousand miles to cross during the harsh Alaskan cold. Terrified dogs experience this every year, often paying with their lives or disability. Dog racing in the Iditarod must stop!
The Iditarod race has contributed to the deaths of more than 150 dogs since it began in 1973. After the murderous run, the dogs have extremely frostbitten limbs, severe lung damage, and anxiety. Most of the dogs involved in the races never recover and some die. This is an annual trauma for hundreds of dogs. Urgent action is needed on this issue.
Dear Members of Congress,
We, the undersigned, are writing to express our deep concern about the annual Iditarod dog race, which takes place in Alaska each year. This cruel event, which involves dogs being pushed to their physical limits in extreme weather conditions, is a disgrace and must be stopped. This is not entertainment, this is animal abuse and it should have no place in our society.
The Iditarod has contributed to the deaths of more than 150 dogs since it began in 1973. Dogs are forced to run long distances over difficult terrain, in extreme weather conditions, often suffering from injuries and dehydration, leading to death.
During the race, dogs are expected to run about 1,000 miles in less than two weeks, and race rules mandate only 40 hours of rest. The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine reports that more than 80 per cent of dogs, finish the Iditarod with permanent lung damage.
This treatment of animals is totally unacceptable and must be stopped.
We demand that Congress take immediate action to end the Iditarod dog race and provide protection for the dogs that are forced to participate in this cruel event. We urge the passage of legislation that prohibits the use of dogs in racing and will provide support for the rescue and rehabilitation of dogs that have been harmed during the Iditarod.
We call for action to end the Iditarod and together put an end to animal cruelty.
Centaurus Foundation International Organization for Animals and Ecology