Yukon Quest seeks funding help as race nears

Jan 4, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

There's less than a month left before mushers and dog teams leave Fairbanks for Whitehorse, Yukon in the 29th Annual Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, but only two-thirds of the usual $150,000 purse has been raised so far.

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Lucy Shelton

Azusa, CA

#1 Jan 5, 2012
Good! We hope this race gets cancelled,--it is horribly cruel for the dogs. Two dogs died in last year’s Yukon Quest. Dogs are dropped due to injury, illness, exhaustion, or just not wanting to continue.

The distance is too long, and the conditions and rough terrain too grueling for the dogs. They are among the best-conditioned dogs in the world due to their training year-round, yet only about half of the dogs make it to the finish line. There are laws in at least 38 US states against over-driving and over-working animals, which is exactly what the Yukon Quest does.

When the dogs are not racing or training they are each kept on a short chain, attached to their small enclosure. This is considered inhumane and illegal in many communities.

Many organizations, including the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Friends for Animals, In Defense of Animals, Sled Dog Action Coalition, and Sled Dog Watchdog want this race to end.

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paul shykora arts

Calgary, Canada

#2 Apr 10, 2012
..NAGH..I's LOVE/like the ..race,here...eh...(+)...$yada u u..shalom

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