The Ultimate PETA vs. Iditarod Quiz

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About This Quiz

If you have followed the animal rights debate, you will probably have heard about the opposition of the PETA animal rights organization to Iditarod, the famous annual sled dog race held in Alaska. Take this quiz to find out where you stand on the issue.

What is PETA?

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is an animal rights group that stages protests against stores, restaurants and events all over the world.


What is Iditarod?

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a roughly 1,100-mile journey across Alaska over snow and ice in sub-zero temperatures every March.


What does it commemorate?

It recalls a famous event in Alaskan history in1925, when diphtheria serum was transported from Nenana to Nome by sled dogs to stop an outbreak.


When did sled-dog racing first begin in Alaska?

The All-Alaska Sweepstakes began in 1908.


What gave the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race its big push in the late 1980s?

Publications and movies on sled dogs helped make the Iditarod famous.


How did the nature of the race change?

Because more people saw the business opportunities connected to the race, it developed from a wilderness adventure to a competitive sport.


What were the important elements of the race in the early days?

In the beginning, the Alaskan tradition of mushing and camaraderie among the mushers were important elements of the race.


Has someone from outside Alaska ever won?

In 1995 someone from outside Alaska won for the first time.


What was the first-place prize in 1973?

The winner took home $12,000.


By 2007, the prize money had increased. How much did the second-place winner receive?

In 2007 the first prize was $69,000 and the second was $64,300.


What causes people to wonder about the effects of the race on the dogs?

The harsh weather conditions, extreme distance (1,100 miles) and fast pace with very little rest raise serious questions about the welfare of the dogs.


What else concerns the animal rights activists?

Because of the no-holds-barred nature of the contest, there are increasing incidents of animal abuse apart from the dogs being pushed beyond their limits.


When does training begin for a sled dog?

Training begins when the dogs are a couple of months old with getting them used to a harness and collar.


How old are the dogs competing in the Iditarod?

The sled dogs are between 2 and 10 years old.


When do the dogs train?

They train year-round, with the most intense training in the fall before the March contest.


How many dogs must a competing team have?

A team must have between 12 and 16 dogs.


What is the size of a typical kennel?

While kennels vary from 20 to 150 dogs, the typical kennel houses about 75 dogs.


Is there any regulation or supervision of nutritional needs of the dogs?

Race rules require an adequate amount of food to be shipped to specific race checkpoints, where volunteer veterinarians perform exams and check log books for each dog kept by the mushers.


Are the dogs really equipped for the cold climate?

They are well equipped to live in cold climates with thick coats, wide flat feet and tails that cover their noses for warmth when they sleep.


What are the main hazards facing sled dogs?

The hazards they face are dog fights, tangled lines, getting lost and moose attacks.


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