This ‘race’ uses the dogs as chattel slaves (Whitehorse Star, Feb 14, 2014). Abolish the Quest (Yukon News, Feb 14)
The Yukon Quest is built on the exploitation and killing of dogs, and is inhumane! Is this an “event” to be proud of? Of course not!
Being a ‘mediated’ world, the media continue to show preference to stories demonstrating human supremacy over animals by the exploitation and killing of non- humans.
At least the [Whitehorse] newspapers permit ongoing opinions/concerns with respect to non-humans and how they are treated/exploited.
Knowing what we know, how can anyone ethically support the Yukon Quest? Why do the Quest’s promoters turn a blind eye to these problems?
We cannot hide behind ignorance.
Are the Quest’s promoters in denial about the inherent cruelty in the dog mushing industry? Or do they simply not care? Would tourism in the Yukon suffer without the labour of the dogs?
I can’t seem to get anyone from the Tourism department nor the Quest office to answer these simple questions.
This race is all about people, not dogs. The dogs are chattel slaves: they are resources, property to be used for human entertainment, and can be killed and/or discarded when they are no longer useful.
When will we see an end to the spending of public money on this race? Stop the propaganda “mush!”
CBC North appears to have many resources at the ready to follow the Quest human race from start to finish.
And yet: why doesn’t the CBC follow the complete process required to build the perfect “dog team” (slavery, as I call it)?
Why don’t you, CBC, ask some tough questions for a change, instead of paying mindless tributes to the Yukon Quest every year?
It’s past time: the Yukon Quest needs to be abolished – shut down for good!
For the dogs!
Mike Grieco, Whitehorse