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1st Sled dog death in 1000 mile race


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#1    redhen

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 02:42 PM

A sled dog was left at an Inuit community (the kiss of death) during the annual 1000 mile Iditarod race in Alaska. The dog asphyxiated in a snow drift (probably tied up as usual).

Anyways, congratulations in advance to the winner, hope he/she enjoys the new pickup truck and $50,000 prize money.   (sarcasm)


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 02:53 PM

NEVER a fan! Hate the credit to the human. Watched a show where a bunch of young non-Alaskans had their dogs getting used to the frigid cold, some looked like beagle/hounddog mixes. They had no thick coat!
Disgusting.

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But I like to hear the accounts, read the books, watch the shows, discuss and argue about the phenomenon.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 03:01 PM

If they are going to do this those dogs well being should come before their own.  Maybe put the dog owners out in front pulling the sled.


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 03:12 PM

Aww :(

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 03:14 PM

No sadder then all the cows or pigs etc dying daily... :yes:


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 03:42 PM

View PostBavarian Raven, on 17 March 2013 - 03:14 PM, said:

No sadder then all the cows or pigs etc dying daily... :yes:

Actually there is a difference. Many people, including the government and agri-business insist that humans need to consume animal flesh to survive. That's not true of course, but it's successful economic myth. Sled dog races of 1000 miles are completely unnecessary. If you inflict unnecessary violence or death to dog, it is by definition animal cruelty. Obviously "farm animals" are legally exempt from the animal cruelty clause (section 446 of the Criminal Code of Canada).


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 03:50 PM

Are you condemning the Race or Dog sledding as a whole?

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 04:45 PM

View PostThanato, on 17 March 2013 - 03:50 PM, said:

Are you condemning the Race or Dog sledding as a whole?

The 1000 mile race. If humans want to run a 1000 mile race in Alaska, in the winter, more power to you.

If you need sled dogs in the Arctic, because you live in a hunter/gatherer society, than that's ethically defensible.

If you're an outfitter in B.C., who orders an employee to shoot 50 dogs after the Winter Olympics because they're no longer needed, I have a problem with that too.


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 08:19 PM

View Postredhen, on 17 March 2013 - 04:45 PM, said:

The 1000 mile race. If humans want to run a 1000 mile race in Alaska, in the winter, more power to you.

If you need sled dogs in the Arctic, because you live in a hunter/gatherer society, than that's ethically defensible.

If you're an outfitter in B.C., who orders an employee to shoot 50 dogs after the Winter Olympics because they're no longer needed, I have a problem with that too.

Ok I wanted to make sure that you weren't against Sled dogs.

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