Alaska Iditarod Sparks Controversy


Race in Alaska Iditarod is held each year in March ignites controversy over the treatment of dogs. This popular event, which is intended to commemorate Alaska's culture and heritage Alaskan Husky sled down the mountain and hilly terrain. MUSHing was a means of transportation in Alaska in the early years with a team of sled dogs that pull the sled with the driver on board.

The route for the year on the basis of race starts. Even numbered years, the routes run from Anchorage to Ruby. This northern route. In uneven numbered years, the route running from Anchorage to Unalakleet, the southern route. The distance of the race is about 1200 miles and a & # 39 is the longest sled dog race in the world.

The first Iditarod was held in 1973 and was reportedly 15 to 19 dogs died during the race. It is estimated that about 130 dogs have died since the first days of the race, when there was no official count taken of the number of deaths. Thus, the exact number of dog deaths in the early years is not known.

Over the past ten years we have shown death due to suffocation in towlines, internal bleeding, liver damage, heart failure and pneumonia. Also included as a reason for some of the deaths from the & # 39 is the deterioration of the muscles and organs of dogs during extreme exercise. There have been cases of drivers to push their dog to death by hitting them with sharp objects and sled dogs through the dangerous deep water and ice.

During the race, the dogs endure spinal injuries, bone fractures, inflamed paws, torn muscles, joint pains, dehydration and diarrhea. About half of the dogs who start the race are not able to make it to the finish.

In preparing the dogs for the race, reported that some dogs are injured or killed by a debilitating steps they are later. Training is carried out in remote areas of Alaska and many dogs have to pull very heavy loads. Strain to pull the load can cause the hip and spine injuries.

Drovers also criticized for culling dogs. They are accused of the murder of any puppies or dogs that do not meet the standards of good dog race.

Along the race track, there are about twenty checkpoints with the veterinarian on duty to provide medical care for the dogs. These control points are used as a recreation area for dogs and musher. The dogs were fed and allowed to rest at these checkpoints and any dog ‚Äč‚Äčthat with the & # 39 is the sick or injured on the left of the checkpoint.

Veterinarians who care for dogs at checkpoints protect the treated animals, saying, say many untruths about dogs who work themselves to death. They argue that the number of deaths of dogs is normal, if you think you're talking about 1000 dogs, so three to five deaths out of 1,000 dogs are not alarming indicator. Nurseries that House of 1000 dogs can expect about 3 deaths in the two-week period.

Almost all the drovers with & # 39 are members of several groups of animal care products which contribute to responsible care, and humane treatment of dogs. They say that the stories about dogs and whip could not be further from the truth. They went out from exaggeration and causing protests from animal rights activists.

Mushers love their dogs, and argue that instinct Alaskan Husky with & # 39 is a run and pull the sled. That's what they were bred for, as well as bird dogs that hunt birds instinctively. Husky has been used for generations in Alaska to pull a sled, so it's easy for them, while it would be very difficult for some of the other breeds of dogs. Taking one ton sled off the ground with a & # 39 is that one Husky is able to do. Wear resistance with & # 39 is the strength of the company Husky.

Thus, the struggle between the pursuer and animal rights continues, as does the race itself. In the first race in 1973, the prize pool was $ 50,000. This figure rose to $ 500,000 in the race last year and the race is scheduled to run again next year in March, as always.