The Iditarod has killed more than 150 dogs during its gruesome history, and the number of dogs who have died off the trail and during the off-season is unfathomable. During the race, hundreds of dogs are forced to run beyond their breaking point: Last year, nearly 250 dogs were pulled off the trail due to exhaustion, illness, or injury. Help PETA stop the Iditarod in its tracks.
There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Sled Dog’
“Sled dogs” don’t exist. Dogs used for sledding are just like the ones we share our homes with: They love to run and play, enjoy attention and affection, and have physical limits to what they can endure. But they rarely get to engage in their favorite activity—running—when they’re not being forced to pull sleds. During the off-season, dogs used for sledding are often chained up outside like bicycles in all weather conditions with nothing but inadequate plastic barrels or dilapidated wooden boxes for shelter. During the summer, they may get as little as one hour per month off their chains.
Dogs are loyal individuals who deserve a loving home, and none of them would ever choose to run to their death in the 1,000-mile Iditarod. 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.
Help PETA Reach the Finish Line: Urge Remaining Sponsors to Drop the 2023 Iditarod
After hearing from PETA and over 40,000 of our supporters, Cue Health made the compassionate decision to stop sponsoring the cruel Iditarod. Other healthcare companies Capstone Clinic and Greenbrook TMS dropped their sponsorships ahead of the 2023 Iditarod after they heard from our supporters. Dozens of other companies—including Alaska Airlines, Chrysler, Coca-Cola, ExxonMobil, and Millennium Hotels and Resorts—have also cut ties with the race.
No race is worth a dog’s life. Help us urge the few remaining sponsors of the Iditarod to do what’s right and best for dogs by ending their support of the death race.