Terry Cumming wrote: "Dr. Terry Lake is wrong when he publicly states that killing surplus dogs is not common practice in the sled dog 'industry.' No one so misinformed or uninformed should even be on the Task Force much less the head of it."
The fact that Lake can make such a statement makes the Task Force's findings irrelevant; a farce to be ignored by intelligent people; and proof that the government of BC moved swiftly to set up a paper-tiger task force as it always does when one of its own is threatened with exposure. In this case, the BC SPCA is one of the government's own in spite of it falsely denying that the BC SPCA is a government agency. The task force is to protect the dog sledding industry by throwing snow in the eyes of the media and the public; and the task force members who fall into line with its "findings" are disgraceful.
Dr. Lake, the dog mushing industry, and the BC SPCA, have denied that culling sled dogs by hand is common industry practice or that they didn't know it was going on. To admit that it is common practice would expose the callous treatment of the dogs by an industry that knew about it and kept quiet. It would also expose that the SPCA knew and didn't stop it. (It is hard to swallow that the SPCA has had no knowledge for decades of how sled dogs are killed, and denials are pathetic and insulting.) The government's task force, by its statements and choice of members, was clearly set up to protect both the industry and the SPCA.
The whole thing is the blackest of whitewashes. The task force's colours are red, black, white and red. Red for the blood of the innocent, trusting dogs. Black for the evil that is being buried along with the dogs corpses. White for the blatant whitewash.