Alaska: Another blow to the Iditarod Mafia

 

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One of the Iditarod’s top sponsors is dropping financial support, the second major sponsor with Alaska ties to sever relationships with the sled dog race this month.

 

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles confirmed Monday that the Anchorage Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership will no longer sponsor the race.

The dealership for 30 years has been one of the race’s principal partners and annually presents the race winner with a new pickup at the finish line in Nome.

 

A statement from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, or FCA, noted the parent company did not sponsor the Iditarod.

“Anchorage Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Center – an independently owned and operated dealership – had been a sponsor of the race. We understand and can confirm the dealership will no longer continue sponsoring the race. As such, FCA and the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram logos will no longer be associated with the race,” the statement said.

 

 

Chuck Talksy, a spokesman for the Anchorage dealership, initially said they planned to sponsor the race again next year, finances permitting.

Later, when informed of Chrysler’s statement, he said, “That’s kind of news to us. As a franchisee, we are subject to various controls.”

An email to Iditarod officials seeking comment was not immediately returned.

The announcement came as mushers are making the final push for Nome in this year’s race. The nearly 1,000-mile (1,609-kilometer) race started March 8 in Willow with 57 mushers. Six have withdrawn.

Thomas Waerner of Norway was leading the race, the first musher to reach the checkpoint in Koyuk, about 150 miles from the finish line.

Alaska Airlines, the Seattle-based airline that got its start decades ago in Alaska, earlier this month announced it was dropping its sponsorship of the race, which has been targeted by an animal rights group.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was first to announce the departure of both Alaska Airlines and Chrysler as race sponsors.

The group says the nearly 1,000-mile race across Alaska is cruel for the dogs.

 

 

It also claims more than 150 dogs have died since the race started in 1973. Iditarod officials dispute that number but have not provided their own count of dogs who died on the trail despite numerous requests by The Associated Press.

 

 

PETA is the race’s biggest critic and has for years targeted sponsors.

In Chrysler’s case, that includes more than a quarter million emails from PETA supporters, television ads in the Detroit area and protesters dragging a sled filled with fake dead dogs around downtown Detroit, the organization said in a statement.

“After feeling some real pressure from PETA, Chrysler put the brakes on its connection with the Iditarod and is sending the message that dogs deserve better than being run to death for mushers’ prize money,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a statement.

“Alaska Airlines has also withdrawn its sponsorship of this wretched race in which over 150 dogs have died, and we hope this year is the last year dogs will suffer in this way.”

 

 

Alaska Airlines denied PETA had anything to do with its decision to drop sponsorship of the race after more than 40 years and instead said it was a change in the company’s corporate giving strategy.

PETA is the race’s biggest critic and has for years targeted sponsors.

In Chrysler’s case, that includes more than a quarter million emails from PETA supporters, television ads in the Detroit area and protesters dragging a sled filled with fake dead dogs around downtown Detroit, the organization said in a statement.

 

 

https://www.businessinsider.com/iditarod-loses-another-major-sponsor-2020-3

And I mean…THANK YOU! Another step that brings the end of the animal cruelty event closer.

The Iditarod is worse than a nightmare for dogs!

The animals run about 160 kilometers a day and are only allowed to rest for almost 40 hours over a period of two weeks. The race takes place in the deepest winter and brings the dogs to the limit.

Many are injured, fall into ice water, break down or get sick. Their paws get sore from the many races and often their muscles give up at some point.

The dogs have no legal protection in Alaska. People can go out into the woods and shoot their dog for whatever reason. Sometimes that might be injury, sometimes it’s because they’re too old to race. The mushers make remarks like, ‘”this guy isn’t running so well, we’re gonna get rid of him”,  as if he’s a piece of furniture or a machine.

And these people are lauded in the public eye.

In the racing industry of animals, killing is common; once they get sick, weak, old, or injured, they are eliminated without crying an eye for them

And when the dogs are not running, they are usually kept in small cages.

We can only hope that this mortal torture will soon come to an end.

The Alaska Neanderthals, the mushers, should do the route themselves, which helps to stay fit and healthy.

My best regards to all, Venus

 

One Response

  1. I agree.Mankind is the only evil on this planet.

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