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    Default Racing to their graves -- the abused dogs of the Alaskan Iditarod

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    Chronicle: Racing for the Grave: The Iditarod's Trail of Dog Deaths


    I just read a story about what the dogs who run in the Alaskan Iditarod go through. It is disgusting. They are treated like machines and endure horrible pain and physical abuse. Most of them die from their injuries or of gastric ulcers from being made to do physically what they actually cannot do. They are used only for the vanity of their owners, who want to win big money on what used to be a fun leisurely race and what is now the equivalent of running from New York to Florida. And contrary to what the owners will tell you, the dogs do NOT live to run. Many die of exhaustion. The ones that survive are tethered outside ALL the time and are not allowed to interact even with one another. Many starve or freeze to death even when they are not "running."

    All of this has come out again beause a former "winner" was caught beating his dogs who simply laid down because they couldn't go on. One later died. This is not at all uncommon and what is even worse, is that unlike this woman, people actually cheer and applaud the abuse and buy into the myth that the dogs like it. The man actually said he was "spanking" his dogs. Too bad for him several witnesses saw him beating them with all kind of objects for more than 20 minutes. But even the ones who survived won't live long. They're too physically damaged. The American Humane Society has called for it to be banned -- their web page won't come up for some reason. But it has some heartwrenching information on it. This is in no way a sport -- even bull fighting is more fair to the animals, and that's not saying much.


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    I can't click on that link tonight, I've already cried too much today (personal things), but I'll read it tomorrow.

    We need a Greenpeace-type organization for the Iditarod dogs. Speaking of which, I haven't heard much about what GP is doing these days, they used to make the news regularly because of their tactics. I would love to see something similar happen so that some of these dogs could avoid such a fate. WhereTF is PETA in all this??

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    i have always despised the Iditarod. Even when Susan Butcher was at her prime and tried to sell everyone on how well she treated her dogs year round, saying that the dogs were bred for the Iditarod, i just wouldnt watch. its clear its abuse. wonder why PETA hasnt made a bigger stink
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    Butcher, what a fitting name.

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    One of the links is from PETA. PETA.org » Features » Help End the Suffering of Dogs Used in the Iditarod
    Oops, must have been deleted. Anyway, there it is.

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    You can't believe everything you read, especially from PETA. I have followed the Itidarod Race for years and I gotta call bullshit one this.

    Here is the link for the other side of the debate Itidarod Facts
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    PETA is only one link. There are many others, including the American Humane Society, which has a long piece detailing all the injuries these dogs sustain on a regular basis. The page was up earlier today, but is down at the moment. I will post it again. The Humane Society has been calling for its ban in its current state for many years. They're hardly a radical organization.

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    Deckchick, did you actually read the newspaper article linked above? How can this story be bullshit when the abuse is documented? People have been calling out these drivers on this for a long time now. It's sad that many people can't ignore some of PETA's extremism and see the truth about a lot of these situations.

    When I was a kid they would have these fluff pieces about the Iditarod on TV glorifying it, and what a good relationship the driver had with his dogs, etc. I don't deny that some of them did and probably still do, but there is always an ugly side, just like with the circus and zoos.

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    Those poor dogs.

    I'm against any sport involving animals-there's always some degree of abuse involved, and any 'fun' is to be had by humans only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msdebagain View Post
    i have always despised the Iditarod. Even when Susan Butcher was at her prime and tried to sell everyone on how well she treated her dogs year round, saying that the dogs were bred for the Iditarod, i just wouldnt watch. its clear its abuse. wonder why PETA hasnt made a bigger stink
    PETA has been on top of this. This as well as grayhound racing, horse racing and three day eventing are all abusive, imo. Many times the owners just view the animals as a means to an end. It's appalling the abuse that goes on in these competitive sports.

    Those poor dogs.

    I'm against any sport involving animals-there's always some degree of abuse involved, and any 'fun' is to be had by humans only.
    Yes, It's shocking the lengths that people go to win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mira View Post
    Deckchick, did you actually read the newspaper article linked above? How can this story be bullshit when the abuse is documented? People have been calling out these drivers on this for a long time now. It's sad that many people can't ignore some of PETA's extremism and see the truth about a lot of these situations.

    When I was a kid they would have these fluff pieces about the Iditarod on TV glorifying it, and what a good relationship the driver had with his dogs, etc. I don't deny that some of them did and probably still do, but there is always an ugly side, just like with the circus and zoos.
    Yes I did read it Mira, I call bullshit on the PETA article. Did you read the article I linked to? Yes, there are always some that will abuse, but they are not the norm.

    I do agree that the Itidarod can be improved upon, any sporting event can be, this one is no different. To make a blanket statement and infer that all the mushers and all the dogs are abused is just bullshit though.
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    Thanks deckchick, no I haven't read it yet but I will. Thanks for posting it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picara View Post
    This as well as grayhound racing, horse racing and three day eventing are all abusive, imo. Many times the owners just view the animals as a means to an end. It's appalling the abuse that goes on in these competitive sports.
    i agree, and i hope it stops one day...these sports are awful for the animals involved

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    Quote Originally Posted by xoxo View Post
    i agree, and i hope it stops one day...these sports are awful for the animals involved
    It seems like most sports that involve animals, there's always a story of incerdible abuse. There was a famous jumper rider who was caught putting spikes on the insides of his horse's boots. Any time his horse would touch a rail, he'd be poked. So of course, he tried to jump higher. When the guy was caught he was only suspended from showing for a year. Horse and greyhound racing are even worse. It's very sad that there are people out there who can intentionally hurt animals.

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    I too was under the impression that these dogs are bred for these extreme physical conditions, and that they were used to the harsh conditions.

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