Iditarod Animal Cruelty

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Why I think Iditarod is not animal cruelty. Iditarod dog sled racing is not a form of animal cruelty. Even though people say the dogs are treated horribly they really aren’t . If the dogs are treated badly why in 2014 did the iditarod have 36 vets (For veterinarians, Iditarod is all about the sled dogs). In my five paragraph essay I will show my evidence and reasons to prove my side. Then I will show evidence of people that say the Iditarod is animal cruelty. Iditarod dog sled racing is not a form of animal cruelty or animal negligence. My first piece of evidence is only 142 dogs have died since 1973 (Gerken). That is a very very low number because each year approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (For veterinarians, Iditarod is all about the sled dogs). Out of those 1.2 million of those are dogs. Some of those does are at kill shelters because they were abandoned. So it’s that also animal cruelty if a dog is healthy so why would you kill them. Also each year 16,000 dogs killed each year in organized dog…show more content…
One of their biggest points of why it’s animal cruelty is because 142 dogs have died since 1973 (Gerken). Yet they don’t really seem to be concerned about the dogs that die in dog fights or the ones that are abandoned every year. In my eyes the iditarod is doing a good job making sure dogs don’t die. Which means they are making sure the dogs are getting proper care so they can be healthy. And some of the dogs that died were very serious cases and inhumane treatment was taken into consideration. For example Jeff King’s 3 year old dog Nash was killed by a drunk man driving a snowmachine. And the website PETA said (PETA)“Three-year-old Nash was hit and killed this year by a snowmobile.” They didn’t say anything about the guy who hit him was drunk. These are a few reasons why the Iditarod sled dog racing is not animal
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