There are huge problems with the sled dog industry and the recent execution of 100 sled dogs is just one example. In 2007, Canadian musher, Frank Turner, told CBC that the Yukon Quest should admit that culling is part of competitive mushing and act to discourage it.
Competitive mushers breed more dogs than they can afford and are not able to sell the dogs or give them away.
Many Alaskan Iditarod mushers say that killing unwanted sled dogs is just part of doing business. Dogs who are unwanted for any reason are shot, drowned, beaten or dragged to death.
They aren't even given the kind of compassionate death guaranteed to most convicted murderers -painless lethal injection.
MARGERY GLICKMAN, director, Sled Dog Action Coalition, Miami, Fla.