dogmusher - I have to disagree with you that humane mushers are the majority. However, maybe we just have different definition of ethics and what it means to treat an animal humanely. I hope to see only "humane mushing' legally permitted in my lifetime and will work very hard to accomplish that goal.
I must ask, if you feel so strongly, why not post your actual name?
In response to Liz:
"I would bet that you have never been to any race in person. I bet if you do go to one and witness what you see NOT read or be fed, you will change your mind. I always say to people "Whoever thinks it's "MEAN" to "MAKE" dogs run, needs to come and hold my dogs back when they are getting ready to run."
I've been involved in sled dog sports since January of 1998 - over 13 yeas. I worked for an Iditarod and Yukon Quest veteran kennel (also a Beargrease champion) for seven months. I moved to Alaska to work for an Iditarod CHAMPION but only managed to make it two weeks because of how poorly the dogs were treated. I've raced sprint and mid-distance. For most of my life, my dream was to run the Iditarod. However, after being involved in the sport for so long, training with so many mushers (many of the top names in both Siberians, Alaskans and even Malamutes) and personally visiting countless kennels and seeing how these dogs are treated day in and day out - I can no longer support the sport as a whole. I only support humane mushing, and the mushers who treat their dogs humanely are definitely in the minority. I've seen dogs electrocuted, beat, whipped, kicked, dragged, shot, etc. - all in the name of sport. For more information on what I've seen and to view some of the photos I've taken at a variety of kennels (including the Iditarod Champion kennel in Alaska) - please visit my website, Break The Chains - Save The Sled Dogs at http://www.lakotasong.com and please also visit a group I volunteer for, the Sled Dog Action Coalition at http://www.helpsleddogs.org
This sport has some dark inner secrets and desperately needs to be monitored and regulated. Even just TWO WEEKS AGO, a well-known musher in Montana shot 55 of his sled dogs. (http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/18276/MT/US…). I do not want to see the sport end. I just want to see the sport change, for the better - for the dogs.
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