There is a lot of literature decrying the Iditarod as an inhumane race that kills dogs. Those who want the race to end are disseminating information that can be misleading at best and inaccurate at worst.
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I have to respond to the recent story that was released regarding the musher in Vancouver, Canada. I am not only sickened by what happened in Vancouver, but I am really saddened. This story shows what happens when sled dogs are looked upon as a financial commodity by people more interested in profit than in the lives of dogs. This is not the case for most mushers.
I was recently reading information that said it was cruel for a team of 16 dogs to pull a sled carrying 400 to 450 pounds of supplies during the Iditarod. 450 pounds sounds like a lot, but you have to look at the breakdown.
So here’s the cool thing about dog sled dogs that makes them like no other dog and no other creature on earth. At the end of a race, like the Iditarod, or the Yukon Quest, dog sled dogs are in better shape than they were in the beginning. If a human were to run a [...]