Maggie: Leading the Battle Against Harness Racing


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Maggie, a Siberian husky, was rescued by PETA from a breeder of dogs used for sled racing during the Iditarod. For many years, dogs have been bred for the sole purpose of using them as sled dogs, which is considered by many animal associations to be a cruel sport. Maggie was abandoned by her owners and lived with dozens of her brothers who were discarded by their owners. They lived in deplorable conditions without access to nutritious food or clean water.

Thanks to volunteers from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Maggie was freed from her chains and taken to a place where she received veterinary medical care and all the love she deserved. Maggie was owned by Team Baker Kennel, a kennel that PETA has had problems with for several years. The kennel has been criticized for the conditions under which they keep the dogs, who are crossed and trained for the Iditarod, an annual dog sled race held in Alaska.

In an emotional video, PETA workers announced Maggie’s rescue. Maggie was seen excitedly welcoming one of the field workers despite being tied to a short, thick chain. PETA workers assure that both Maggie and another “dozen” dogs were chained outdoors, despite temperatures reaching -7 degrees Celsius. Maggie barks for help, but her “screams” are not as loud as they should be, PETA volunteers believe the thick chain is the culprit.

After several visits, PETA volunteers were able to free Maggie and move her to a shelter on the other side of the country. During the trip, she experienced many new things for the first time in her life. PETA workers indicated that she would remain there until they find her the “perfect home.” They hope that Maggie will have a long and full of love life with someone who cares for her and ensures her well-being.

PETA officials have opposed dog sled racing for several years, claiming it is extremely cruel to make dogs run four marathons in a single day. Throughout the race, the dogs face freezing temperatures and “treacherous terrain” for many hours for up to seven days in a row during the course of the annual Iditarod Trail race. Members of the animal association add that the dogs run an average of more than 1,610 kilometers over nine days or less and claim that 27 dogs used during the Iditarod have died since 2004. PETA urges the population to join their cause of ending dog sled racing, especially the Iditarod.

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