ANCHORAGE — An animal rights group is renewing its call for an end to the world’s most famous sled dog race.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals on Friday said in a statement that the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race should be permanently canceled.
PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch cites the death Thursday of Wyatt, a 3-year-old male on four-time champion Lance Mackey’s team, as the latest casualty in a long list of dogs that have died in the race.
It also cited the use of a blind dog on another team. Musher Kelly Maixner tells Anchorage television station KTUU that Laura is a valued team member, but sometimes gets confused.
Iditarod’s top official, Stan Hooley, declined comment. He says to engage an “opportunistic organization with precisely zero credibility is pointless.”