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DEATH RACE: Will Alaska’s horrible 2021 Iditarod be the last?

Dogs suffered from awful diarrhea, violently vomited, and ended up with aspiration pneumonia, which is the leading cause of death for dogs in the Iditarod. Two dogs had to be hooked up to IVs.

KATHERINE SULLIVAN: The 2021 Iditarod death race kicked-off on March 7, and PETA hit the ice protesting. The Iditarod’s usual ceremonial start may have been called off, and the death race may have been rerouted because of COVID-19, but until the event is ended for good, PETA’s route wasn’t changing… PETA supporters gathered at the start… ramping up the pressure on the race… PETA kept an eye on the dogs throughout the entirety of the 2021 race and documented the horrible conditions of the dogs…

Up to half the dogs who start the Iditarod don’t finish it, and during the 2020 race alone, more than 220 dogs were pulled off the trail because of exhaustion, illness, injury, or other causes. The leading cause of death for dogs made to race in the Iditarod is aspiration pneumonia—caused by inhaling their own vomit.

Many more have died during the off-season while chained up outside in subzero temperatures or were killed because they weren’t considered fast enough. Thanks to a PETA investigator, the world was given a glimpse of what it’s like for some of these dogs, including Snickers—she was kept chained near the icy sea, limping, crying, and left to pace in circles all day…

Chained dogs, starved dogs, dead dogs—it’s no wonder that so many major companies, including ExxonMobil, Chrysler, Alaska Airlines, Coca-Cola, Jack Daniel’s, State Farm, and Wells Fargo, have listened to PETA and dropped their sponsorships… If you’re planning a trip or cruise to Alaska, please don’t buy any packages or excursions that include dog-sled rides or visits to dog kennels. Ask your friends and family not to, either. SOURCE…

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