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© Photo by Al Grillo

On Tuesday the news broke of the first Iditarod sled dog dying and today the necropsy results showed that the cause of death is still unknown. 

Every year out of hundreds of dogs, one or two die during the race often causing an uproar among some animal rights groups.  PETA has been calling the longtime tradition the “Ihurtadog” race, and states that it no longer resembles the race when it began for the purpose of delivering diptheria serum to Nome, Alaska.  They say that it is now 1,100 miles of mushers committing crimes of animal abuse for a large cash reward.

However, there are others who believe that the dogs are bred specifically to race in such harsh conditions, and live for it.

How do you feel about the modern Iditarod?

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