PETA at Michigan Iditarod Loser: We’ll Pay You to Become a Snowplow Operator Instead

0

A group offers Musher a chance to set a new course, without dogs

For immediate release:
March 25, 2022

Contact:
David Perle 202-483-7382

Cheboygan, Mich. – After local rookie musher Gerhardt Thiart dropped out of the controversial Iditarod – a race that has lost dozens of sponsors due to dog deaths and mistreatment – after injuring his leg, PETA sent him a letter today offering to help pay for the cost of training and equipment so he can start a benign new career as a snowplow operator, ski instructor or ranger, without exploiting the dogs at all .

The request follows reports that during the race, Thiart left behind five dogs he had pushed beyond their limits, forcing others to work even harder to pull him.

PETA notes that more than 150 dogs have died in the Iditarod since its debut. At this year’s event alone, two dogs went missing, a musher was apparently forced out of the race after the dogs he was using were found to be in poor condition, and nearly 250 dogs were removed from the race. track due to exhaustion, illness or injury. Even before the start of the race, dogs were attacked and one was killed during training.

“As more and more people reject the idea of ​​a race that forces dogs to run to death, being a musher is as irrelevant as being a VCR repairman,” says the vice-president. PETA Executive Chairman Tracy Reiman. “PETA will help mushers say goodbye to the Iditarod and gain access to work no one despises for doing.”

PETA — whose motto says, in part, that “animals are not ours for entertainment” — opposes speciesism, a human supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, FacebookWhere instagram.

PETA’s letter to Thiart follows.

March 25, 2022

Dear Mr. Thiart:

Since you missed the top prize at the Iditarod this year, I am writing to you from PETA to suggest a career change. Now is the time to kiss the Iditarod goodbye and get down to work no one despises you for doing. PETA will even pay you to do it! We’ll help cover the cost of training, lessons, equipment and anything else you might need to set up a new course.

As condemnation of a race that forces dogs to run to death grows and major corporations like Alaska Airlines, Coca-Cola, Exxon Mobil and Millennium Hotels and Resorts continue to drop their Iditarod sponsorships, being a musher becomes as irrelevant as being a VCR Repairman. Since you are an experienced refrigeration professional, there are plenty of opportunities: park warden, ski instructor or snowplow operator, all of which would allow you to continue working outdoors. It doesn’t mean the end of your competitive career either. For decades, athletes have competed in the Iditarod Trail Invitational and Iron Dog races, which follow the historic Iditarod trail but feature only volunteer human participants.

Pursuing a new line of work would be a winning decision: you could make more money, and you wouldn’t contribute to animal suffering, which is inherent in the Iditarod. During this year’s race two dogs went missing, a musher was apparently forced out of the race after the dogs he was using were found in poor condition, dogs were attacked and one was killed during training before the race even started, and nearly 250 dogs were pulled from the track due to exhaustion, illness or injury.

It’s time to take a different path, and we’re here to help. We hope to hear from you soon.

Truly,

Tracy Reiman
Executive Vice President

Share.

Comments are closed.