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Up to half the dogs who are forced to run Alaska’s 1,000-mile Iditarod race through extreme, dangerous conditions don’t even make it to the finish line: During last year’s race alone, nearly 250 dogs were pulled off the trail due to exhaustion, illness, or injury. And although over 150 dogs have died in the Iditarod, Blood Bank of Alaska has chosen to sign on to support this deadly event.
The dogs who are bred, chained outside in all weather conditions, and pushed past their limits for the Iditarod are no different from the ones we love and share our homes with. Forcing them to run for their lives to entertain humans is a form of speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. Dogs deserve far better than a lifetime of exploitation, but as long as the Iditarod continues, thousands of them will be forced to endure misery and deprivation of basic necessities like adequate shelter and veterinary care.
Nearly all the major companies that had supported this cruel race—including Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, ExxonMobil, Jack Daniel’s, and Millennium Hotels and Resorts—have ended their sponsorships. Please urge Blood Bank of Alaska to do the same.