Re: Iditarod cruelties promoted by National Geographic & General Mills
- Whoever writes all this crap is full of it. Saying that these dogs
live 24/7 in their own filth is a lie, feces are picked up at least
once daily and most dogs will urinate/defecate in designated away
from the areas where they spend most of their day. I've read so much
crap online about the Iditarod it's not even funny - this Saraceno
guy has no more understanding of the Iditarod than a toddler. I
actually have my own kennel of sprint dogs that I race and you just
can't keep up with everyone if your dogs are ill or abused.
Everything the anti-Iditarod people say is either a plain lie or they
are playing of off the bad people in the sport - and there are bad
mushers who do bad things to their dogs just like anywhere else in
life. Banning the Iditarod because a few people are bad makes no
sense - it's like banning all of pet ownership because a few people
beat their dogs. If we used that kind of logic we'd also have to ban
cars because they kill a he** of a lot more dogs in 1 year than have
ever died in the Iditarod combined. There are also anti-cruelty laws
in place in the Iditarod and any other sled dog race that strictly
prohibits any kind of abuse.
--- In email@example.com, dadto8sofar
> John - I hope you don't mind, but there was a very similar (almostand
> verbatim) post about the iditarod in another group today so I cut
> pasted your response.<JLDickmon@w...>
> -- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "John"
> > >
> > > Tom Classen, retired Air Force colonel and Alaskan resident for
> > over 40
> > > years, tells us that the dogs are beaten into submission:
> > >
> > > "They've had the hell beaten out of them." "You don't just
> > intodevil.'
> > > their
> > > ears, âOK, stand there until I tell you to run like the
> > Theydeny
> > > understand one thing: a beating. These dogs are beaten into
> > submission the
> > > same way elephants are trained for a circus. The mushers will
> > it. Andin Jon
> > > you know what? They are all lying." -USA Today, March 3, 2000
> > > Saraceno's columnSpeed
> > >
> > > Beatings and whippings are common. Jim Welch says in his book
> > Mushingstate
> > > Manual, "I heard one highly respected [sled dog] driver once
> > thata
> > > "âAlaskans like the kind of dog they can beat on.'" "Nagging
> > dog team isdog
> > > cruel and ineffective...A training device such as a whip is not
> > cruel at all
> > > but is effective." "It is a common training device in use among
> > > mushers...A whip is a very humane training tool."including
> > You know what? I'm not even going to dignify that garbage with a
> > response.
> > >
> > > Mushers believe in "culling" or killing unwanted dogs,
> > puppies.are
> > > Many dogs who are permanently disabled in the Iditarod, or who
> > unwantedwith
> > > for any reason, are killed with a shot to the head, dragged or
> > clubbed to
> > > death.
> > Sorry. Wrong. Requires too much effort.
> > "On-going cruelty is the law of many dog lots. Dogs are clubbed
> > > baseball bats and if they don't pull are dragged to death inBlade
> > harnesses....."
> > > wrote Alaskan Mike Cranford in an article for Alaska's Bush
> > Newspaperas
> > > (March, 2000).
> > Some people say a .38 to the back of the head is cruel, but it's
> > quick as sodium pentathol, and the dog can't see what's coming.himself
> > Unlike injected euthanaisia, where the dog actually watches
> > being killed by the veterinarian. So what's cruel?Today, "He
> > >
> > > Jon Saraceno wrote in his March 3, 2000 column in USA
> > [Coloneldogs to
> > > Tom
> > > Classen] confirmed dog beatings and far worse. Like starving
> > > maintainin
> > > their most advantageous racing weight.
> > Fat dogs have health problems.
> > > Skinning them to make mittens.
> > Illegal.
> > Or
> > > dragging them to their death."
> > Too hard on the rest of the team.
> > The Colonel obviously has a personal agenda and vendetta.
> > >
> > > The race has led to the proliferation of horrific dog kennels
> > which theand
> > > dogs are treated very cruelly. Many kennels have over 100 dogs
> > some havehusband
> > > as many as 200.
> > And operate six, seven or eight teams. Susan Butcher and her
> > take teams on both the Iditarod and Yukon Quest. Both 1000 mileYou
> > events, separated by a week. Neither would be very competitive if
> > they ran in both events. It's like Joe Gibbs Racing in NASCAR.
> > have sprint teams, mid-distance teams, freight tems, pullingteams...
> > and as far as proliferation, I seriously doubt it. Do you haveANY
> > idea what it takes in the terms of food and veterinary expensesto
> > maintain that kind of operation?feet
> > It is standard for the dogs to spend their entire lives
> > > outside tethered to metal chains that can be as short as four
> > long. Inthat the
> > > 1997 the United States Department of Agriculture determined
> > > tethering of dogs was inhumane and not in the animals' bestin
> > interests. The
> > > chaining of dogs as a primary means of enclosure is prohibited
> > all casestraining
> > > where federal law applies. A dog who is permanently tethered is
> > forced to
> > > urinate and defecate where he sleeps, which conflicts with his
> > natural
> > > instinct to eliminate away from his living area. Because he is
> > close to his
> > > own to his own fecal material, a dog can easily catch deadly
> > parasitical
> > > diseases by stepping in or sniffing his own waste.
> > Who's shittin' who, here? Dog are kept above ground so the waste
> > falls through the decking and is collected underneath. Hey, these
> > dogs perform as athletes for a living. An UNHEALTHY dog will not
> > perform. Only the healthiest and fittest dogs with the best
> > can be matched against Nature's Worst, the cold Alaskan interior.there,
> > >
> > > Iditarod dogs are unhappy prisoners with no chance of parole.
> > Yeah. Sure. Tails wagging means they are PO'd and beat down. OK.
> > Sorry about my language, but for cryin' out loud, I've been
> > I've seen it, and this release is the biggest pack of smackgarbage
> > lies I have ever seen.