Iditarod Sponsors Are Getting the Message

Posted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on February 4, 2011

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone engaged in the illegal killing of sled dogs in the U.S. or Canada. ALDF stands at the ready to assist the investigation–and any resulting prosecution–with funding to secure the services of the best expert witnesses and to ensure that no forensic stone goes unturned. It is essential we raise awareness about the abuse, and culling, endemic in the dogsledding industry.

Please help ALDF speak out for sled dogs by asking the corporate sponsors of events like the Iditarod to withdraw their support. Thanks to your efforts we’ve already overloaded the inboxes of the event’s sponsors with thousands of emails (if you’re getting bounceback messages it’s because of the high volume of emails they’ve received from our alert!) Now we’re asking you to go a step further and make the call. Visit our website for a link to the Iditarod’s sponsors and phone call talking points.

If you’re in Canada please take a moment to contact your Legislative Assembly and demand they put a stop to the savage cruelty of the dog sledding industry. Find your MLA here.

For more background on the issue please visit the Sled Dog Action Coalition website.

Thank you for supporting this important cause!

One thought on “Iditarod Sponsors Are Getting the Message

  1. anon says:

    Add this as an option of information to include with the letters sent to Iditerod Sponsors?

    The Iditarod violates accepted standards regarding animal cruelty as is shown by the laws of 38 states and the District of Columbia. These 38 states and the District of Columbia have animal anti-cruelty laws that say “overdriving” and “overworking” an animal is animal cruelty. The California law is typical:

    “597. Cruelty to animals. (B) Every person who overdrives, overloads, drives when overloaded, overworks… any animal… is, for every such offense, guilty of a crime punishable as a misdemeanor or as a felony or alternatively punishable as a misdemeanor or a felony and by a fine of not more than twenty thousand dollars ($20,000).”

    –Animal Welfare Institute, Animals and Their Legal Rights

    The dog deaths and injuries in the Iditarod show that these dogs are “overworked” and “overdriven.” If the Iditarod occurred in any of these 38 states or the District of Columbia, it would be illegal under the animal cruelty laws. Unfortunately, the State of Alaska’s animal anti-cruelty law does not say that “overdriving” and “overworking” an animal is animal cruelty.

    The 1000.00 reward for evidence of cruelty is highly commendable,… what would specific examples of cruelty be that are punishable under Alaska’s current laws?

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