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Washington Post hypes cruel Iditarod to kids - LETTERS NEEDED
The Washington Post article was meant for children to read. Notice that dogs dying is the LAST fact on their list. The dogs do not get physical exams at all the checkpoints. Mushers race through many of the checkpoints so vets only give the dogs quick visual checks, if that.
For Iditarod information: http://www.helpsleddogs.org
Letters: [email protected]
Tuesday, March 7, 2006; Page C14
For Iditarod Racers, No Place Like Nome
And they're off!
Eighty-three teams of mushers and dogs set off last weekend on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The winning team will cover more than 1,100 miles in nine or 10 days.
Here are some facts about the famous race:
· The first Iditarod from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, was run in 1973. It is run, in part, to remember a lifesaving sled dog relay in 1925 that sent much-needed medicine from Anchorage to Nome.
· The musher is the person who drives the dog sled. Author Gary Paulsen, in his third Iditarod, dropped out of the race yesterday morning.
· Each sled dog team has 12 to 16 dogs. Many of the dogs used are malamute and Siberian huskies, although other dog types are used.
· Dogs are actually faster than horses over long distances. They can average 8 to 12 miles an hour for hundreds of miles.
· Iditarod is an Indian word that means either "distant place" or "clear water."
· Because the cold, snow and distance can be hard on the dogs, there are about 35 veterinarians to care for the animals during the race. However, dogs have died during the race.
staff: Sled Dog Action Coalition:
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