A musher being pulled by a team of dogs in the 1999 Iditarod.
Photo by Ezra O. Shaw / Allsports.
A new documentary series on the Discovery Channel that follows several teams in the Iditarod sled dog race premiers on October 14. Arguably the only socially acceptable form of dog cruelty in the United States, the Iditarod is a race in which teams of dogs pull human mushers who whip them as they run more than 1,000 miles over ice and snow in Alaska. Filmed in March, the series includes Gov. Sarah Palin introducing the race.
At least 136 dogs have died in the Iditarod.
The program highlights on the Discovery Channel website is disappointing. Not once are the cruelty or the controversy mentioned. The highlights do mention at least two teams that suffer setbacks due to illness or injury to the dogs.
What can you do about the Iditarod? Boycott the the sponsors of the race.