For Speedy Launch:
December 12, 2023
David Perle 202-483-7382
Cantwell, Alaska – Under, please discover a assertion from PETA Government Vice President Tracy Reiman in response to reviews that at the very least two canines belonging to the kennel of infamous Iditarod musher Jim Lanier have been killed and others have been injured final night time when a snow machine struck them throughout coaching:
Even when the Iditarod is over, the canines’ distress by no means ends. At the very least 4 canines from the kennels of Jim Lanier and Dallas Seavey have been killed by snow machines previously month, and plenty of canines who survive this yr’s coaching season might be pressured to tug glory-seeking mushers practically 1,000 miles till their our bodies break down. PETA is asking on GCI and its proprietor, Liberty Media, to chop ties with the Iditarod earlier than its demise toll, each on and off the path, rises any increased.
Lanier was initially banned from the 2020 Iditarod over considerations for his well being and skill to take care of canines through the race. He ended up competing anyway however needed to withdraw. Since then, different mushers have raced canines from his kennel, together with Hugh Neff, who notoriously needed to stop the 2022 Iditarod after the canines he was forcing to race—who have been described as “skinny” and have been apparently affected by diarrhea—have been reportedly present in such poor situation that they couldn’t proceed.
PETA—whose motto reads, partially, that “animals aren’t ours to make use of for leisure”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra details about PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please go to PETA.org, hearken to The PETA Podcast, or observe the group on X (previously Twitter), Fb, or Instagram.