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January 30, 2005

MUSH! 2005 Idiotarod

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Posted by callalillie at January 30, 2005 12:56 PM | City Life , Fun Stuff , Idiotarod

COMMENTS


is this a part of burning man?

Posted by: nicole at January 30, 2005 1:14 PM

this looks like fun. wish i had come. i like the c train cart

Posted by: jenn at January 30, 2005 2:42 PM

It was fun! Don't say I didn't invite you :P

Nicole, no, not anything that organizaed. Just good NYC mischief.

Posted by: corie at January 30, 2005 6:23 PM

Check out the our Best of Show winning cart on my blog

Posted by: jos´┐Ż at January 31, 2005 11:27 AM

While people enjoyed the "Idiotarod," New York City's farcical take on the Alaskan Iditarod dog sled race, they should understand that the race in Alaska is brutal for the dogs.


In the Iditarod, dogs race 1,150 miles, the approximate distance between New York City and Miami, Florida, over a grueling terrain in 8 to 15 days.


Here's a short list of what happens to the dogs during the race: death, paralysis, penile frostbite, bleeding ulcers, broken bones, pneumonia, torn muscles and tendons, diarrhea, vomiting, hypothermia, fur loss, broken teeth, viral diseases, torn footpads, ruptured discs, sprains and lung damage.


On average, 53 percent of the dogs who start the Iditarod do not make it across the finish line. According to a report published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, of those who do finish, 81 percent have lung damage. A report published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine said that 48.5 percent of the dogs who participate in the Iditarod have ulceration, tissue erosion, gastric hemorrhage, or a combination of these conditions.


The claim that the dogs receive top notch health care doesn't square with the facts. Dogs are often sick before the Iditarod starts but are made to race anyway. While some sick dogs are dropped during the race, others are given massive doses of antibiotics to keep them going.


If the dogs could talk, they'd tell us the Iditarod is dog torture.


Margery Glickman
Sled Dog Action Coalition, http://www.helpsleddogs.org

Posted by: Sled Dog Action Coalition at February 2, 2005 4:44 PM

you should have seen the crazed hipsters as they reached the end of the bridge. They were also bleeding at the mouth and experiencing hair loss. Some of them actually curled up on the side of the bridge and had to be put down. At least the dogs have vet service, all the hipsters had was a warm gun.

someone needs to start a helpsleadhipsers.com

Posted by: tien at February 2, 2005 5:10 PM

Yes, I myself had to put one hipster to rest. It was heart wrenching, but it had to be done. Then I went to Starbucks and contemplated my next purchase at Walmart.

Posted by: corie at February 2, 2005 5:11 PM

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