I find it interesting that groups like PETA prefer to try and shut down a dog sled race, but let humans kill themselves climbing Mt. Everest. It’s okay for people to die doing what they love, but not dogs. To top this off, they prefer that all dogs should be euthanized in order to be “Free” from being slaves.
So if I understand PETA right, humans are allowed to kill themselves, but dog sledding should be banned and the dogs should be killed by PETA, instead of risking a death doing what they love. Now I may not be the smartest person on earth, but to me, that is some messed up thinking.
Dog’s lives are more important than humans, but they should be killed anyway to set them free. How Fucked up is that logic? This kind of thinking is what is ruining the world right now. In fact, it is not even thinking, its called blind faith, and fanaticism. Where an ideal or misguided concept is more important than the truth (See COVID-19 Anti-vaxers.)
The number of people that have reached the summit of Mt. Everest: 4000 since 1953, Number of human deaths attempting the summit: Over 250
Number of people that have finished the Iditarod: Less than 1000 since 1973, The number of dog deaths: 143 is the best estimate I can find. The number of human deaths: Zero that I can find.
I think Sir Edmund Hillary’s comment explains the Iditarod better than I ever could.
“People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” ~Sir Edmund Hillary.
This is what the Iditarod is about, accomplishing an extraordinary thing with the help of their extraordinary dog partners. For without them its an almost impossible 1000 mile walk.