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Even though sponsors are dropping their support of the Iditarod dog-sled race, four companies have chosen to trash their reputations by partnering with the deadly event. ANR Industries, Capstone Clinic, Cue Health, and TMS Center of Alaska are inexplicably throwing their support behind an event in which more than 150 dogs have died.
Imagine running four marathons a day for 10 days straight. Add biting winds, blinding snowstorms, and subzero temperatures. Unthinkable, isn’t it? Yet that’s exactly what dogs in the Iditarod are forced to do.
Dogs love to run, but even the most energetic dog wouldn’t choose to run 100 miles a day while pulling a heavy sled through some of the worst weather conditions on the planet. Along the 1,000-mile stretch, their feet are torn apart by ice and rocks. Many pull muscles, incur stress fractures, or become sick with diarrhea, dehydration, intestinal viruses, or bleeding stomach ulcers. Many die from aspiration pneumonia—the leading cause of death for dogs on the trail—caused by inhaling their own vomit. Dogs are our friends, our companions, and members of our family. They should be taken for romps in the park, not forced to run to their deaths in this speciesist event.
Major sponsors such as Alaska Airlines, Chrysler, Coca-Cola, and ExxonMobil have already pulled their sponsorships, and it’s indefensible for ANR Industries, Capstone Clinic, Cue Health, and TMS Center of Alaska to throw their support behind the race. Please politely ask these companies to reverse course by using the form.