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 more than $250,000 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.