Category Archives: Animal Issues

Animal suffering: the not-so-super ingredient in superfoods

By Shalin Gala

Thousands of animals may have been tormented and killed for seemingly harmless items in your shopping cart, like a pint of blueberries, a box of mangoes or a container of mushrooms.

Who knew???

While it may seem odd that a trip through the produce aisle could contribute to experimenters’ poisoning, force-feeding, starving, radiating, bleeding, suffocating, beheading and dissecting animals in laboratories, it is unfortunately true.

The culprits are the so-called agricultural commodity “research and promotion” (R&P) boards, which are overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and fund worthless experiments on animals, purportedly designed to make human health marketing claims to entice consumers to buy common foods.

The R&P boards are bankrolled by farmers, who by law must pay the boards a draconian “tax” or annual assessment—totaling $885 million in 2016, according to the Government Accountability Office—part of which is used to finance animal tests like the following:

The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council funded an experiment in which rats were fed strawberries or blueberries then forced to perform a series of psychomotor and cognitive tests (including grabbing wires while suspended, walking and balancing on accelerating rotating rods, and swimming in a maze). They were repeatedly injected with a chemical then killed and dissected.

Strawberries, too?!

The National Mango Board funded an experiment in which mice were injected with cancer cells then repeatedly force-fed mango extracts before finally being killed and dissected.

The Mushroom Council funded an experiment in which pigs were fed white button mushrooms, their anuses were repeatedly poked and their blood was taken before they were finally killed and dissected.

In harmful and invasive experiments funded by many of the 21 R&P boards and published between 2015 and 2019, more than 2,600 sensitive and intelligent mice, rats and pigs were used.

These tests are neither applicable to humans nor required by law. Importantly, animals are scientifically unfit for human food research in part because of the vast physiological differences between species. Mice are just not good stand-ins for humans.

The foods — blueberries, raspberries, watermelons, mushrooms, mangoes and others — are not novel. Humans have safely eaten them for millennia. So instead of torturing animals in crude experiments, researchers could easily have pursued safe and effective human studies and used other advanced, non-animal methods, which would yield results that actually mean something to human beings.

Some have seen the light. Following discussions with PETA, dozens of major food and beverage manufacturers and associations have established policies against animal testing, including, most recently, the Haas Avocado Board (HAB) — one of the R&P boards that previously sponsored tests in which experimenters force-fed mice a high-fat diet, repeatedly force-fed them a substance found in avocados, withheld food for eight hours, injected them with glucose and insulin, repeatedly bled them from their tails and then suffocated them, after which they drained their blood and dissected them.

All R&P boards should follow HAB’s enlightened lead and focus exclusively on human-relevant research. And if the USDA really wants to help struggling crop growers, it should stop forcing farmers to fund wasteful animal experiments.







New South Wales Bans Dolphin Breeding! Now SeaWorld Must “Flip”!


A wild dolphin leaping in the ocean!❤

PETA is overcome with joy about the news from Down Under: New South Wales, Australia, has made the compassionate decision to ban the breeding and importation of captive dolphins in the state. Following a government inquiry and a long public consultation in which many PETA Australia supporters took action, the new regulations will prevent future generations of dolphins from suffering under the guise of entertainment.

While New South Wales–based Dolphin Marine Conservation Park continues to explore the idea of a seaside sanctuary for its existing captives — Zippy, Bella and Jet — this new rule means that no new dolphinariums are allowed to open in the state. The three dolphins currently there will be the last ones forced to perform for noisy, gawking crowds in New South Wales.

But there’s still a dolphin in the tank: SeaWorld. The abusement park needs to follow the example set by Dolphin Marine Conservation Park — which didn’t complain that its dolphin-breeding days are over — and stop breeding dolphins. SeaWorld already ended its sordid orca-breeding program, so why is it acting as though other dolphins aren’t equally sensitive, intelligent, and deserving of bodily autonomy?

It’s 2021, and SeaWorld is still ignoring the growing groundswell of public condemnation as it continues to bolster its inventory of dolphin victims through breeding. Canada banned whale and dolphin captivity in 2019, and France has made it illegal for marine parks to abduct or breed orcas and other dolphins. No informed, compassionate person thinks it’s acceptable to breed, imprison and exploit marine mammals.


In case you missed it, in SeaWorld’s dolphin-breeding program, unwilling male bottlenose dolphins are masturbated and females are forcibly removed from the water, sometimes after being drugged to prevent them from fighting back, after which staff shove tubes filled with semen into their vaginas and uteruses.

In one study, scientists at SeaWorld describe how handlers stimulated the animals into exposing their penises and gave them an erection. Then, staffers made the dolphins ejaculate by hand. They do this repeatedly until they feel they’ve collected enough semen. We’re secondhand embarrassed for SeaWorld because of its depraved behavior. It’s time to stop breeding dolphins and forcing them to perform


SeaWorld has ended its sordid orca-breeding program.

💚Vegan fish recipes – not just for Lent🌿!

Fish feel pain!


Tofu Fish Sticks and Tartar Sauce

Fish feel pain …

A few days ago Krys asked if I had a good recipe for fish and chips. I didn’t. So, I thought I would try to work out a palatable fish stick recipe tonight. The results were pretty good – the boys loved them and asked for seconds! I wanted the fish sticks to have a fishier taste, but I am not sure how to do that. I would also have liked the tofu to be a little firmer, but that is hard to do when the tofu is marinated. I am not really selling these, am I?



– 1 pkg tofu, cut into strips/sticks
– juice of half a lemon
– 1/4 cup of water
– 1 sheet nori
– 1/2 tsp sea salt


1. Process nori into a powder in a coffee grinder or food processor. Mix with other ingredients in a shallow dish and marinate tofu for a few hours.


– 1/2 cup flour
– 1/4 cup cornmeal
– 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
– 1/4 cup bread crumbs
– 1 tsp paprika
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1 tsp kelp granules (optional)
– 1 tsp onion powder
– 1/2 tsp garlic powder
– freshly ground pepper

– 1 1/2 cup soy milk
– 1 tsp lemon juice


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly oil.

1. Mix together breading ingredients in a shallow dish. Roll tofu in breading to coat.

2. Mix lemon juice into soy milk and stir until thickened. Dip breaded tofu into soy milk mixture, then coat again with dry breading.

3. Place on cookie sheet. Lightly spray with cooking oil.

4. Bake 15 mins. Flip. Bake 15 more mins. Seve with tartar sauce.

Tartar Sauce:

Mix together the following:

– 1 cup vegenaise
– 1 dill pickle, minced
– 1/2 small onion, minced
– small drop of mustard


Vegan Kimbap (aka Gimbap): Veggie, Rice, and Seaweed Roll


2 cups short grain rice, cooked
2 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1 portobello mushroom cap, sliced
1 carrot, julienned
2 cups spinach
1 pkg. dried seaweed sheets (gim)
5 strips pickled daikon radish (danmuji)
1 cucumber, sliced lengthwise
1 block cooked tofu, cut into strips (optional)


Mix the cooked rice with the sesame oil and salt. Set aside.
Sauté the mushroom slices, carrots, and spinach individually. Allow each to cool.

Place a seaweed sheet on a bamboo mat. Spread the rice mixture evenly over the seaweed, leaving a 1-inch border without rice.

Stack the carrots, spinach, mushroom, radish, cucumber, and cooked tofu and roll it up tightly.

Using a sharp knife, cut the roll into bite-size pieces. Repeat this process using the remaining ingredients.
Makes about 5 servings


Easter approaches …





💚New from Edith🌼: “I Can Hardly Wait!”🥀🌼🌺

Spring is Almost Here!

By Edith Morgan

Edith and Guy

The calendar says March – that means in three weeks it will definitely say “First Day of Spring.” I know it is coming, even if I am not yet ready, because the seed catalogs have begun to come, and my friend, Ron Charette, has sent me pictures of all his seedlings looking so healthy. It makes me jealous.

Edith will be adding seedlings to her window sill soon … photos: E.M.

Every year now I encourage more perennials to come up around my house, as I know that, now that I am 90 years old, I will not want to be doing a lot of active gardening, but will rather just enjoy things as they come up on their own. And it is always a wonderful surprise, once the snow is really gone, to see what has survived and what has found its way into my yard.

Edith gets ready for St. Patrick’s Day!

I can always count on the forsythia to. put out its yellow blossoms and, if I drive around the corner, there is a great magnolia that goes into full bloom early, before it has any leaves. My May apples will send out shoots, and every year they fill the area around my rain barrel a little more. The Solomon Seal fills the base of the porch – a good thing because the lack of sun on my north side really does not invite many other plants to thrive there – except of course the ferns that thrive beside the Solomon Seal.

I did try to grow my own mung bean seedlings, and they sprouted in four days, but they were not as sturdy as the bought ones. Back to the drawing board: I have a lot to learn!

My indoor plants are beginning to perk up; looking forward to spending the summer outside, where they seem to thrive.

March is the beginning. But March also gives us a number of other things: Of course we all learned about “The Ides of March” when Julius Caesar was warned about his coming fate …

Edith’s study …

Then there is St. Patrick’s Day when we all go green. No Worcester parade this year, but I expect next year will be a super celebration, making up for the lost year! And, of course, there is the spring ritual of setting our clocks forward (“Fall back, Spring forward.”) and “losing“ an hour of sleep.

My bird feeder is a regular attraction, and it seems to me there are more species out there now than during the winter. It is still too cold to sit quietly on my porch and watch them feed there. The squirrels are fat and active and come daily for their peanut butter and wheat bread.

My rhubarb will have survived, and so will the strawberry plants, which have sent out their feelers all through my flower garden beside the house. My house sits on a 70- X 80-foot lot, and the house takes up most of that area. So I have little space left for growing things. But because the space available is so small, I can get to know every plant personally! And I have tried to encourage different flowers that bloom at different times, so there is always something in bloom for every season.

But still the most fragrant time is when my two Chinese lilac trees are in bloom, all of June, and gradually shed their tiny star-like blossoms around them and the earth looks as though it has snowed

Mother Nature goes into full loveliness, regardless of the problems we humans face: she can always be counted on to make her spectacular comeback each year. I can hardly wait!

During the global pandemic, just say NO!!!! to the Iditarod! (Huskies suffer and die!!)

By Jennifer O’Connor

The Iditarod Trail Committee is making changes to its race route because — why else? COVID-19.

Only essential staff and race participants will be allowed access at the start, and spectators will largely be limited to watching the race on television. The race’s CEO admitted that the virus “would be devastating to the Alaskan communities on the trail.” Since we know the race is already devastating to the dogs forced to run, why hasn’t this spectacle been permanently canceled?

This is no life for Huskies and Husky mixes!!!

Dogs can also be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. The novel coronavirus is both a zoonotic disease and a reverse zoonotic disease — it can be passed from some animals to humans and vice versa. Even in the absence of this disease, 81% of those dogs who manage to finish the race end up with lung damage. The leading cause of death for dogs running the Iditarod is aspiration pneumonia—choking on their own vomit. Last year, more than 220 dogs were pulled off the trail because of exhaustion, illness or injury.

Please! Work to ban this cruel race!!

As if those stark figures weren’t reason enough to end this event, more than 150 dogs have died since the Iditarod’s inception and it’s impossible to know how many dogs perish during training, while chained outside, or who are killed because they lack the rare speed and stamina to make the grade.

It’s already been proved time and again that mushers care about winning, not about their dogs’ well-being. At many kennels, dogs are housed with less care than used car parts. Chained outside in all weather extremes, row after row of dogs desperately bark, howl and run circles around dilapidated wooden “houses” or plastic barrels—their only shelter from the elements. They live amid piles of their own waste and have no opportunity to play or socialize with other dogs, much less be a valued member of a family.


One musher was charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals and 33 counts of cruelty to animals after abandoning 33 huskies who suffered from frostbite, malnutrition, cracked feet and infection. Another Iditarod musher was charged with 17 counts of animal cruelty after authorities found 17 emaciated dogs, “starving, dazed, running in tight circles and foaming at the mouth.”

When dogs are viewed as machines, indifference to their needs is the norm. At Colorado’s Krabloonik Kennels, the largest tourist dog-sledding operation in the United States, “excess” dogs were routinely shot in the head and buried in a feces-filled pit. At an outdoor “adventure” operation in British Columbia, about 100 dogs were killed and dumped in a mass grave after bookings dropped.

Huskies are beautiful, smart and highly social dogs! They LOVE to be with their humans! They need to be!!

Given all the hardship and suffering that dogs used in sledding already endure, why should mushers care about dogs possibly getting sick with COVID-19? Well, it’s clear they don’t. And both the public and businesses that once supported the race are no longer willing to tolerate that callous mindset.

After a sponsorship lasting more than 40 years, ExxonMobil confirmed that this is the last year it will sponsor the race. The oil giant joined Alaska Airlines, Chrysler, Coca-Cola, Costco, Jack Daniel’s and other brands that have withdrawn their support.

People who care about dogs should continue to condemn the Iditarod and any commercial operation that treats dogs as disposable inventory.

Rose’s Husky mix, Jett, NOW – napping by the stove. Warm and cozy this cold winter day!

No One Will be Free Until We All Are!

By Ingrid Newkirk

Ingrid in India, making sure the working animals there are treated humanely. (Most aren’t.) PETA ADVOCATES FOR ANIMALS ON EVERY CONTINENT.

A BBC announcer recently got into trouble for using the phrase “nitty-gritty,” which some people believe harkens back to the detritus found on the floor of slave ships. Other linguistic scholars dismiss that as nonsense. Nevertheless, these days one has to tread carefully, as it’s not good enough to condemn racists: People who inadvertently cause offense must be called out, too. Fair enough.

Tracey Ullman’s “too woke to function” video pokes fun at this hypersensitivity. “Is water racist?” a horrified young man in a “woke” support group asks, only to be told that that kind of worrying can ruin any chance he has of relaxing and enjoying life.

I’m all for trying to make positive changes, but here’s something I don’t agree with. Some have said it is insensitive for PETA to mention the importance of the struggle for animal rights in the same breath as praising Martin Luther King Jr. To me, that’s as misplaced a concern as asking if water is racist.

Struggles for justice take many forms and King himself recognized that. He was even criticized by his own followers then, as PETA has been now, for involving himself in issues outside the Black civil rights movement. That doesn’t stop this animal rights group from serving vegan food at marches against racial injustice or passing the hat when a mosque or Black church is burned or its congregation attacked out of hatred. I believe, as did King, that injustice isn’t a single issue, and it is to King’s immense credit that he recognized the power of uniting the struggles against the many forms of injustice. Never being silent was his life’s work, and it is PETA’s obligation.

No one who knows PETA doubts that we oppose all exploitation, discrimination, needless violence, abuse and slaughter — all of it. Our job is to wake people up, shake people up and find creative ways to call for an overarching view, not slink into a corner and pretend that our movements are unrelated. Perhaps particularly when people are already upset with one form of injustice, that’s the time to convince, even challenge, them not to abandon those who are always on the margins.

Who you are may be important to you but should not exempt you from your role in the larger community of life. You don’t have to be Japanese to know internment camps were wrong, you don’t have to be a captive orca to protest captivity, men must fight sexism and racial injustice must be decried by people of every race. Each one of us is needed in the struggle for animal liberation, and we will not be whole human beings until we reject supremacism in all its ugly forms.

Atrocities are atrocities no matter the victim’s age, religion, identity, nationality, ethnicity, gender — or species. It is human supremacism to think that there is something sacrosanct about a woman’s experience of rape and that it’s not the same for a cow imprisoned on a dairy farm if a man shoves his hand deep inside her and inserts a long syringe. Aren’t her pain and fear just as real as a woman’s? If we turn a blind eye to heinous acts of abuse and killing that happen to those who don’t happen to be human, that is human supremacism.

Martin Luther King Jr. spoke up not just for racial equality but also for women. And he also spoke up for white pacifists. Should he have shut up? If William Wilberforce, a privileged member of the landed gentry in England, had not fought to free slaves, to provide sanitation and alms for the poor of London and to stop the whipping of horses on public streets, immense suffering would have continued. Was it white savior complex, wealthy savior complex and human savior complex? No. It was because he recognized that it was all one struggle — for all the disenfranchised. Bless his big heart.

White, black, brown, yellow. Gay, straight, transgender. Muslim, Catholic, Hindu, Jew. Rat, pig, dog, human. In the end, the only relevant divide should be between those who want liberty and justice for all and those who want it only for the few they narrowly identify with.

Perhaps this year we will look deep inside ourselves and realize that what animals have, including their very lives, is theirs alone, not ours for the taking.

A Half Million Americans Dead

By Edith Morgan

Edith and Guy

Today, February 22, 2021, we hit a milestone I thought I would never see: the COVID virus claimed its 500,000th victim in America: half a million Americans have succumbed to this pandemic since it hit our shores in February of last year.

President Biden marked the occasion with a moment of silence and some words of sympathy and encouragement to all those who have suffered the loss of one or more loved ones.
While the country mourns the continuing death toll, this administration is putting in great efforts to halt the progress of this malevolent virus. Our president and vice–president and their spouses continue to model the careful preventive behavior that will help keep many of us safe until the problems of the delivery of the approved vaccines is running more smoothly and effectively.


The race continues against this virus – as it mutates into various other forms, continuing to be a threat everywhere in the world.
Scientists and researchers in many nations have been working on effective vaccines, and it looks as though we may soon have several approved versions, which do not require 70-below-zero storage temperatures, and which may also not require a second shot to be fully effective.

As we get more and more people vaccinated, and as all the work continues at greater and greater speed, I am hopeful that soon we will have vaccines available pretty much on demand, at our local CVS, Walgreen’s, even at our supermarkets – just the way we now have our flu shots available.

But we are being constantly reminded that while we can now at last see relief on the horizon, it is much too soon to give up all precautions. There are still so many questions to be answered, and mother nature can not be rushed … So, I stil wear my double masks, wash my hands, keep my six-foot distance, and avoid crowds.

It is unfortunate that there are still those who try to profit from this pandemic, but it has been truly heart-warming to see how many citizens of all ages and backgrounds have stepped up, not only to thank those who have kept the various parts of our society going, but have gone well beyond the call of duty to give some comfort to those isolated by their illness.

I notice that many organizations have sprung up, giving all sorts of aid where needed. Most of us know enough about our neighbors to be able to see who needs food, warmth, funds to pay bills – and even when we ourselves are impacted by the effects of a teetering economy, having lost jobs when so many small businesses had to close down, many have shared what little they have left.

We are still the richest nation on earth, though our riches are very inequitably distributed. But I am hopeful now that we will regain our sense of fairness, realize that GREED is not good, and that by helping each other in these trying times, we can soon get to a point where all of us can survive comfortably – and contribute to our nation as well as we can.

Rose’s Grace❤❤❤❤


Photos of my first dog, Grace, a WARL rescue, back when the Woo animal rescue league had 10 kennels with 60-watt bulbs on wires hanging into them for light (before the big remodel) and dogs were “put down” after a week or so. I adopted Grace when the staffer told me: She’ll be put down at the end of the week if no one takes her.

Rose and Grace!

❤GRACE WAS SO LOVABLE! She was found in Main South, on the streets. She was an older dog, 4+ years old. But she was a love bug: she JUST WANTED TO BE CLOSE TO ME and JUMPED UP TO LICK MY FACE about 10 times! … Never owning a dog, not yet realizing what a huge responsibility they are, my heart turned somersaults over Grace and I said with love and determination: I’LL TAKE HER!!!❤❤❤❤

🐶And so my love story with dogs began …

💙the pics: Grace looking pretty in pink (new collar). Gracie and me visiting my mom. More Grace … 25 years ago.




– Rosalie Tirella

Happy Valentine’s Day❤ from the Boss and us

By Rosalie Tirella

This Valentine’s Day I am making black bean soup …

❤pics: R.T.

… and listening to one of the most romantic lps ever penned: GREETINGS FROM ASBURY PARK, N.J., by one of America’s most romantic songwriters: Bruce Springsteen.


I have stepped into this beautiful, torn, angel/waitress/guitar-slinging singer, motorbike-seaside world of longing and sprawling, outsized dreams that a bus driver’s son (Bruce!) dares to dream since I was 19 years old. I put the old lp on my old turntable and I am young again, romantic even! Bring on Valentine’s Day and “holy blood … and mud” … transport me to the Jersey shore of the Stone Pony bar with all the Italian American boys in their muscle shirts, combing their greased hair back in the Stone Pony’s men’s room. I see him … Bruce, scrawny and rough-hewn, playing and playing on that small stage, before his rapt audience. He’s singing the song he wrote for his waitress girlfriend and it makes me cry …Did he get her pregnant under the boardwalk, his Mary, his Queen of Arkansa? Will the couple start afresh in Mexico, this wisp of a man and worldly woman who loves him “so da*n easy”?

And, yeah, Bruce takes the bus into the City (NYC). For music. For love. For Spanish-Harlem adventure. And he sees the thugs and the kids and the cops and he brings his poetry to the crime scene. “Hey, man, did you see that?” he sings to us. Yes, Bruce, we did. We are trying to make sense of it all, too.


At 60 years old, I love the wordy, wonderful carnival tilter world of a teenaged, scrawny scruffy Bruce Springsteen more than I love his later, more conventional, less verbose, less complex songs of his later lps. Give me ASBURY PARK, THUNDER ROAD and “Candy’s Room” off of DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN and I’m all set! Layer upon layer of lyrical acrobatics, the songs half spoken, half sung: boots and baseball cards, faded and torn wallpaper in Candy’s Room but she’s teaching him … “Spirits in the Night,” the open road, the closed life – the boy’s days still circumscribed by the working class thrift of his parents’ …

Who would want to be a saint in New York City? Not Bruce! Not me! “It’s so hard to be a saint when you’re just a boy on the streets”! Daring do-youth in a nutshell. Bruce was just a kid when he composed all of the songs on ASBURY PARK – in my opinion, masterpieces every one of them. He weighed less than a skinny Clarkie named Rosalie. A Rose who hung on his every word with her Clark University pals – about five of us, me, my then boyfriend, and his three best guy friends: from Baltimore, Vermont and Connecticut. I was the only girl in the room listening to the Boss because back then, even at Clark U, girls didn’t spend their week day nights listening to Springsteen, parsing his lyrics with the guys, growing solemn at the turn of a Springsteen phrase. They did their homework. Big mistake!… But my beau and the writer-guys respected my smarts and poetry enough to let me into their elite club at Wright Hall, third floor, blue hallway walls. I see it all now. I still remember their names! I am smiling at my handsome boyfriend’s amazing blue eyes, shiny black hair and cleft chin, “Dave”‘s long red hair and freckles enchant me, I love the short Justin and his barn coat and work boots he wore even in the spring and I will never forget the tall, good looking, sweet John who always kissed me on the mouth when our paths crossed on campus…My FIRST LOVES: Bruce Springsteen and these Clarkie boys! Valentine’s Day every day with these guys – walking jauntily to the cafeteria from the dorm, laughing loudly, so full of ourselves! Late night in Dave’s room, all of us typing our term papers on our portable typewriters. I was to get an Underwood at graduation, but at Clark I pecked out my pathetic prose on my pathetic ORANGE portable typewriter. No one snickered. It was never who had the most money (they all did) but who wrote the best essays, the fleetest poems.

We all wanted to be writers back then. Like our hero, Bruce Springsteen:

I miss those days.

🐶Victory for Siberian Huskies and Husky mixes!❤🐶 ExxonMobil to Drop Iditarod Sponsorship!!


Victory! ExxonMobil to Drop Iditarod after Massive PETA Campaign!!

By Katherine Sullivan

Rose’s Husky mix, Jett, and hound mix, Lilac, are THRILLED at the great news! Huskies are sweet, intelligent, beautiful dogs who deserve our respect and love – not exploitation!! pic: R.T.

ExxonMobil — one of the Iditarod’s last major sponsors — has confirmed that 2021 is the last year it will sponsor the death race. This huge victory for dogs, who deserve better than being run to death for mushers’ prize money, follows a tenacious PETA campaign …

Photos: PETA

ExxonMobil has sponsored the Iditarod since 1978 and has given the race $250,000 per year for the last several years, so to get the gas giant’s attention, we pulled out all the stops. Together, we “stuck” it to Exxon at its gas stations, erected a billboard near ExxonMobil’s Irving, Texas, headquarters; placed bus ads near the Iditarod’s start in Anchorage, Alaska; slammed the company on Twitter; sent it more than half a million e-mails; called it hundreds of times; and held protest, after protest, after protest:


And it has all paid off. ExxonMobil will soon join the growing list of companies – including Chrysler, Alaska Airlines, Coca-Cola, and Jack Daniel’s – that have listened to PETA and the public and stopped supporting an evil industry in which dogs are chained up like old bicycles …


At a kennel operated by former Iditarod champion John Baker and by Katherine Keith, two of whose dogs died during past Iditarod races, a PETA eyewitness observed dozens of frantic dogs kept constantly chained to dilapidated wooden boxes, often with little to no straw, in subzero temperatures … And forced to run so far and so fast that their bodies break down, their paws bleed, or they die after inhaling their own vomit.


In response, PETA has canceled our upcoming ads — featuring a spoof “ExxonEvil” logo and a twist on the company’s “Tiger in Your Tank” campaign — that we had planned to run in the Anchorage Daily News and the Texas edition of the Wall Street Journal next week.

After meeting with executives, the group has agreed to withdraw its 2021 shareholder resolution (the action that was apparently the final straw), which asked ExxonMobil to end all sponsorship of activities in which animals are used, abused, and killed.


More than 150 dogs have died during the Iditarod since it began, and that doesn’t include those who died during the off-season. Birch, an Iditarod dog endured horrific neglect at this “kennel” co-owned by former Iditarod champion John Baker. Despite sustaining a crippling, extremely painful spinal cord injury when she was just a puppy, she was denied veterinary care and chained in the freezing cold 24/7.

Then when officers visited Team Baker Kennel in 2019, Baker claimed that Birch had recovered and said (suspiciously) that he’d sent her to another dog musher in Canada.

… or the Siberian Huskies and Husky mixes who were killed because they weren’t fast or fit enough to make the grade. Dogs used in the race are forced to pull heavy sleds across approximately 1,000 miles of grueling terrain, through blinding blizzards and subzero temperatures.

During the 2020 race alone, more than 220 dogs were pulled off the trail because of exhaustion, illness, injury, or other causes. However, despite the death toll and a public outcry — and even though ex-sponsors have been running for the hills and a veterinarian has warned Iditarod CEO Rob Urbach that if the race is held during the COVID-19 pandemic, “the result could be dire” — Urbach and his colleagues still plan to hold the death race in less than two months.

Wells Fargo, State Farm, Panasonic, and others have ended their support of the Iditarod after hearing from PETA and you — so let’s put the pressure on Millennium Hotels and Resorts to follow suit.
Thank you!!!