The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race is held in Alaska every year. During the Iditarod, dogs are forced to run while pulling sleds 1,150 miles (the equivalent of running from NYC to Miami). More than 140 dogs have died in this race. Most of the survivors have lower airway damage by the end of the race. In fact, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine says 81 percent of dogs in one of the Iditarod races had "abnormal accumulations of intralumenal debris" ["Racing Alaskan Sled Dogs as a Model of 'Ski Asthma'", Vol. 166, 2002].
The Humane Society of the United States says, "the Iditarod's extreme physical and psychological stress on the dogs and the dangerous conditions of the race have resulted in at least one canine death during nearly every Iditarod race, with some years' death tolls reaching as many as five or six dogs." [Rocky Mountain News, Feb. 28, 2009].
ExxonMobil, Wells Fargo, and Dell are corporate sponsors of this cruelty. Please tell these companies that funding animal cruelty will not bring in more business.
William McMullin; Lansing, Mich.
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