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From 4 October 2006 Issue
Cruelty to sled dogs
Re: "Iditarod champ set standard,"
Susan Butcher never overcame the criticisms that animal protection activists leveled against her for participating in the Iditarod. She couldn't prove that the race, with its well-documented history of abuses, isn't a sweatshop for dogs.
A short list of what happens to the dogs during the Iditarod includes death, paralysis, penile frostbite, bleeding ulcers, broken bones, pneumonia, torn muscles and tendons, diarrhea, vomiting, hypothermia, fur loss, broken teeth, viral diseases, torn footpads, ruptured discs, sprains, anemia and lung damage. On average, 52 percent of the dogs that start the Iditarod do not make it across the finish line.
The facts show that the level of cruelty in the Iditarod is profound. The race belongs in history's garbage can.
Margery Glickman, Director, Sled Dog Action Coalition, Miami
Go on to How can we halt animal cruelty?
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