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Iditarod’s brand-new gag rule for mushers
The Iditarod Committee is desperate to hide the fact that dogs are terribly abused. So they made-up Rule 53. The Rule says that from the date a musher signs up for the Iditarod until 45 days after the last entrant finishes the race “mushers shall not make public statements or engage in any public conduct injurious to and in reckless disregard of the best interests of the race.” Penalties for violating the rule “may include forfeiture of the entrance fee, involuntary withdrawal, retroactive disqualification and prospective disqualification for a period of years.”
The Iditarod has gagged mushers. They will be punished for talking about dogs being beaten and suffering in the race from conditions such as bloody diarrhea, paralysis, frostbite, bleeding ulcers, lung damage, pneumonia, ruptured discs, viral diseases, kennel cough, broken bones and torn muscles. Mushers won’t be able to talk about horrific trail conditions and a whole lot more.
Don’t be fooled by the silence of the mushers. The Iditarod is still the same gruesome ordeal for the dogs.
Iditarod’s media blackout
During the Iditarod, sick, injured and exhausted dogs are brought to Drop Dog Areas. The Iditarod bans the media from even seeing these dogs. As a result, the media can’t photograph or write about the pain and suffering the dogs are enduring.
Iditarod Media Guidelines
“Drop Dog Areas are restricted to mushers and race personnel only.”
– Iditarod Media Guide, Iditarod website