Lucy Shelton 
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Re: “The Great Race: Idaho Native Says 'I do' to Iditarod

Interesting that the sub-title of this article called the Iditarod "INFAMOUS"! The meanings: "Having an exceedingly bad reputation; notorious. 2.Causing or deserving infamy; heinous: 3. Law. a. Punishable by severe measures, such as death, long imprisonment, or loss of civil rights. b. Convicted of a crime, such as treason or felony, that carries such a punishment." Excerpted from The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition Copyright © 1992.

With only 60-some egoist mushers signed up in the whole world, for a once-a-year, brutal race that kills and injures magnificent, obeying, dogs, half of the dogs not making it to the finish line, due to injury, illness, exhaustion, or death, it SHOULD NOT CONTINUE. Where the heck are the protectionists to STOP this horrible race?

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Posted by Lucy Shelton on 08/10/2011 at 2:16 AM

Re: “The Great Race: Idaho Native Says 'I do' to Iditarod

Please do not support or promote the cruel Iditarod, because the dogs are put in harms way when racing and kept on chains. The article incorrectly states, "It's people that get more injured than dogs usually." The Iditarod routinely kills young, healthy dogs and it has to stop.

Six dogs died in 2009, bringing the total known to 142. The dog deaths average nearly 4 a year. Although no dogs died in this year’s Iditarod, more than half did not finish (usually the case each year). They are among the best-conditioned dogs in the world due to their training year-round, yet they are dropped due to injury, illness, exhaustion, or just not wanting to continue. One musher scratched after one of her dogs collapsed while running.

The distance is too long, and the conditions and rough terrain too grueling for the dogs. There are laws in at least 38 states against over-driving and over-working animals, which is exactly what the Iditarod does. The Alaska cruelty statue that would apply to the sled dogs was changed in 2008 to exempt them.

When the dogs are not racing or training they are each kept on a short chain, attached to their small enclosure. This is considered inhumane and illegal in many communities.

Animal welfare organizations including The Animal Legal Defense Fund, Friends of Animals, In Defense of Animals, PETA, and Sled Dog Action Coalition want this race to end.

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Posted by Lucy Shelton on 08/04/2011 at 5:30 PM

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