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Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton, and the other daring Formula 1 (F1) drivers race because they love it, earn fabulous sums of money, and retire when they wish to. This is not the case for the poor, often underfed, even beaten dogs used in Alaska’s notorious Iditarod dog-sled race. They are chained up outdoors in the ice and snow between races with almost nothing for shelter and have even been killed when they are injured, sick, or too old to win cash for their mushers.
Formula 1 Racing Is Supporting Cruelty to Animals
The Iditarod has lost nearly all its major sponsors, but F1’s owner, Liberty Media, still has ties to the deadly event: one of its companies, GCI, continues to sponsor the race to the tune of $300,000 every year.
Why would F1 want to be associated with cruelty to dogs? We bet most drivers – particularly those with dogs, like Hamilton – would say that it should get out now!
Iditarod, the Deadly Dog-Sled Race
Dogs used in the Iditarod are made to run the approximately 1,000-mile race while pulling heavy sleds through biting winds, blinding snowstorms, and sub-zero temperatures in some of the most gruelling conditions on Earth.
More than 150 dogs have already died during the race, not counting those who perished during the off-season while left chained up outdoors in below-freezing temperatures or those who were killed because they didn’t make the grade. Forcing dogs, humans’ oldest animal companions, to run against their will for our entertainment is a form of speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.
Racing should involve only willing human participants. Please politely ask F1’s owner to stop supporting the cruel Iditarod.