Alaska Idytarod stirs controversy


Race in Alaska Idytarod, which is held every year in March, causing controversy over the treatment of dogs. This popular event, which is intended to honor the culture and heritage of Alaskan huskies that pull the sled down the mountain and hilly terrain. Mushyng was a means of travel on Alaska in the early years, when the team sled dogs pulled the sled with the driver on board.

The route taken for the race, based on the year of its run. Even years found routes run from Anchorage to Ruby. This northern route. In an unequal number of years, the route ran from Anchorage to Unalakleta, the southern route. The distance of the race is about 1200 miles and the longest sled dog race on.

Idytarod first held in 1973, and has been reported during this race died between 15 and 19 dogs. It is estimated that about 130 dogs were killed in the first days of the race, when there was no official count of the dead. Thus, the exact number of dogs killed in the early years is not known.

The last ten years have seen death as a result of suffocation in the evacuation, internal bleeding, liver injury, heart failure and pneumonia. In addition, the cause of death as part of the deterioration of the muscles and organs of dogs during extreme exercise. There were cases of riders to death dogs feet, hitting them with sharp objects and sorting the dogs through a dangerous deep water and ice.

During the dog races are spinal injuries, bone fractures, pain in the legs, torn muscles, aching joints, diarrhea and dehydration. About half of the dogs who start the race, can not get to the finish line.

When training dogs for the race it is reported that some dogs have suffered or died from the debilitating steps they pass. Training is conducted in remote areas of Alaska, and many dogs have to pull the extremely large loads. Voltage dragging these loads can cause injury to the hip and spine.

COSATU has also been criticized for the knock-out dogs. They are accused of the murder of any puppies or dogs that do not conform to a good race dogs.

Along the race track, there are about twenty check points with a veterinarian on duty to provide medical care to the dogs. These checkpoints serve as seating for the dogs and for cleaners. Dogs are fed and allow to rest at these checkpoints, and any dog ‚Äč‚Äčthat is ill or has suffered, left the checkpoint.

Veterinarians who care for dogs in the checkpoints, protect the treated animals, saying the dogs, which are themselves dying, tells a lot of lies. They argue that the number of deaths of dogs is normal when you consider that you're talking about 1000 dogs, so three to five deaths out of 1,000 dogs are not out & # 39 are alarming figures. Nurseries, in which there are 1000 dogs may wait about 3 deaths in two weeks.

Almost all the goats with the & # 39 are members of several groups of animal care products which contribute to the responsible care and humane treatment of dogs. They say that the history of dogs and whip could not be further from the truth. They discover an exaggeration and causing an outcry from human rights activists.

Engines love their dogs, and argue that the Alaskan Husky & # 39; instinct is to run and pull the sleigh. That's what they were bred, as well as bird dogs who instinctively hunted birds. Laiki generations in Alaska used to pull sleds, so it's easy for them, whereas for some other dog breeds would be very difficult. What a walk one ton sled out of the impasse. Endurance with & # 39 is the strong point of the Huskies.

Thus, the battle between mushkerami and animal rights groups continues as the race itself. In the first race of the 1973 prize fund was 50 000 dollars. In the last race, this figure rose to about 500 000 dollars, and in March, as always, is scheduled for next year.