Urge Jack Daniel's to Stop Sponsoring a Death Race
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Five dogs died in less than one week at the 2017 Iditarod. One got away from his handler and was hit by a car, another died of hyperthermia on a plane, and three others died on the trail, one likely from choking on his own vomit. More than 150 dogs have been killed in the race's history—not counting those who died during the year while kept on chains or who were killed because they simply didn't make the cut—but Jack Daniel's (owned by Brown-Forman) continues to sponsor the cruel race. Dogs in the Iditarod are forced to run nearly 1,000 miles—roughly the distance from Orlando, Florida, to New York City—in under two weeks. On average, they must run 100 miles a day, with only a few brief periods of rest. They're subjected to biting winds, blinding snowstorms, and subzero temperatures. Their feet may become bruised, bloodied, cut by ice, and worn out because of the vast distances that they cover. Many pull muscles, incur stress fractures, or are afflicted with diarrhea, dehydration, intestinal viruses, or aspiration pneumonia, which is caused by inhaling their own vomit and likely happened to the dog Flash this year. Up to half of the dogs who start the race don't even finish.
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