Photos: Glasgow’s Millennium Hotel Faces PETA Protest Over Iditarod Ties

Photos: Glasgow’s Millennium Hotel Faces PETA Protest Over Iditarod Ties

Glasgow – Today, because Millennium Hotels and Resorts still sponsors the Iditarod – a cruel, gruelling dog-sled race held in Alaska, in which more than 150 dogs have died as a result of being forced to pull heavy sleds approximately 1,000 miles through blinding blizzards and sub-zero temperatures – PETA protesters descended on the hotel group’s George Square location in Glasgow. Activists held signs that read, “Iditarod Dogs: Chained, Sick, and Dying”, “Millhellium: Check Out of Iditarod Cruelty”, and “Dogs Struck, Kicked, Dragged for the Iditarod”.

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“PETA is calling on Millennium Hotels and Resorts to check out of the Iditarod’s cruelty to dogs,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “Millennium guests should be disgusted by the thought of supporting a race that has run 150 dogs to their deaths and countless others to the brink of collapse.”

PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview, notes that up to half the dogs who start the Iditarod don’t finish it. During this year’s race, nearly 200 dogs were pulled off the trail because of exhaustion, illness, injury, or other causes, leaving the remaining ones to work even harder. The leading cause of death for dogs forced to race in the Iditarod is aspiration pneumonia – caused by inhaling their own vomit. Many others have died during the off-season while chained up outdoors in sub-zero temperatures or were killed because they weren’t considered fast enough.

Companies including ExxonMobil, Chrysler, Jack Daniel’s, Coca-Cola, Wells Fargo, and Alaska Airlines have all ended their support of the Iditarod.

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Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327; [email protected]