This is a leg hold trap. While training for the Iditarod, sled dogs have suffered horrific pain and injury from leg hold traps.
“Some trappers, especially wolf trappers, set their traps in the middle of the trail hoping to catch something running the trail. She [Libby Riddles] said her dogs had gotten into traps twice. One of her wheelers got a hind foot caught in a trap, which must have been murderously painful. Before she could put on the brakes, the rest of the team had stretched the poor wheel dog to the point where his leg must have been ten feet long.
She said it was extremely difficult to remove the dog from the trap because of its pain, which cause it to snap, bite, and growl every time she got near it.”
- Bomhoff, Burt. Iditarod Alaska: The life of a Sled Dog Musher, Anchorage: Publication Consultants, 2013
- Burt Bomhoff served on the Iditarod’s board of directors, as Iditarod president for many years, and ran dogs in the race seven times.
Supporters are now helping to
My hope is that this petition will open up the eyes of people who are unaware of what happens behind the scenes to these innocent dogs. As well as of course, to put a halt to this unnecessary barbaric event that gives people false insight to what it truly going on. This cruel race should end -- but until then, Iditarod organizers need to enact further reforms, including time limits on dogs'…
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