Should taxpayer dollars sponsor the grueling endurance race known officially as the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race? Apparently, the answer is, “Yes.” The TSA is one of the Lead Dog Sponsors of this year’s race.
The Iditarod is supposed to commemorate an event that took place in 1925—the bringing of much needed serum from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska, where diphtheria was threatening the population. However, this event did not happen in one continuous, arduous run. It was a relay from station to station.
Today, the race that covers 1,150 miles in 10 to 17 days is one long, grueling endurance test where dogs suffer and die. In addition, many die before the race from the exhaustive training and preparation as well as after the race from diarrhea, dehydration, bleeding ulcers, and hypothermia.
Take Action: Let the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) know you are not in favor of your government supporting this cruel and inhumane event.
John Pistole, Administrator
Transportation Security Administration
TSA HRAccess Shared Service Center
Metro Place I, Suite 200
2650 Park Tower Drive
Merrifield, VA 22180
Additional big name sponsors include Dell, Wells Fargo, Exxon Mobil, Eagle Pack Pet Food, and Coca-Cola Alaska. Consider letting these sponsors know you will not support their product until they remove their support from the Iditarod.