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Tell ExxonMobil, Which Operates Esso Petrol Stations, to Stop Fuelling Alaskan Dog-Sled Race Cruelty!

ExxonMobil, which operates Esso petrol stations in the UK, has been pumping money into Alaska's gruelling Iditarod dog-sled race since 1978, fuelling dog deaths, suffering, and neglect.

Image is collage of dogs used by sled-dog industry

During the 2020 Iditarod, more than 220 dogs were pulled off the trail because of exhaustion, illness, or injury, forcing the remaining dogs to work even harder. More than 150 dogs have died in years past, most commonly from aspiration pneumonia, caused by inhaling their own vomit.

A PETA US investigator worked at two kennels owned by former Iditarod champions and found widespread neglect and suffering. Dogs were denied veterinary care, chained next to dilapidated boxes and plastic barrels in the bitter cold, and forced to run when they were exhausted and dehydrated. At one of the kennels, a dog was even dragged to their death when a team of dogs broke free from a sled.

No dog would choose to run to their death in this Arctic nightmare, and ExxonMobil would never sponsor an event in which humans are run to their deaths. Continuing to sponsor the Iditarod is a form of speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview.

Please, tell the oil giant to stop sponsoring the Iditarod.


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