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Dog-sledding a cruel sport

Dear Editor:

Whether it’s winter or summer, keeping dogs on short chains is cruel and indefensible. Forcing dogs to pull oversized loads exacts a heavy toll. Dogs can suffer pulled muscles, tendon tears and other unseen injuries. Their feet become bruised and bloodied because of the vast distances they cover.

When dogs become too old or worn out to continue pulling, their reward isn’t a couch and belly rubs. In 2005, there was considerable public outcry when it was discovered that many dogs at Krabloonik had been killed by a gunshot to the head and dumped in a pit. Krabloonik’s manager defended the killings, saying, “[Culling dates] back hundreds of years. This is nothing new. This is part of the circle of life for the dog-sled dog.”

Anyone who cares about dogs should shun dog-sledding operations.

Jennifer O’Connor

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

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