02-02-2011, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Luananeko
Thanks for the info Carmel, its comforting to know they'll be put out of business for this. I just hope that when they are someone handles the remaining dogs with more care... I agree with Esme, I don't think banning the sled dog sport is a good idea. More laws protecting the animals involved would be a far better solution. I know there are mushers out there that DO take good care of their dogs, like Dakota
On the idea that no one wants larger dogs in Canada and how the sled dogs aren't suited to family homes... Sled dog types are in HUGE demand in the states. Huskies are the #1 stolen breed down here. Also, there are rescue groups that rehab racing greyhounds and put them in family homes all the time. It seems like there should be some rescue group that does similar for sled dogs and places them in homes down here in the states. That way sled dogs have a place to go when they're no longer needed for sledding other than 6 feet under.
You're welcome. I had to join this site just to give everyone an update on events.
Banning sledding permanently is not the objective, but people are so outraged over this that they want companies like this one to temporarily suspend activities until there can be laws put in place for the protection of these dogs. This is just talk so far, but I think so many people are outraged that some changes are going to be in the works.
Ah, don't get the impression that people don't want
larger dogs in Canada! Of course people want larger dogs in Canada! However in bigger cities like mine (Vancouver) they aren't as desirable for many people since there aren't as many large properties and many people live in apartments/condos. I'm sure in more rural areas people owning bigger dogs are a lot more common but the fact remains that all dogs I see on the SPCA website for adoption in our province are larger dogs. The smaller ones never make in on the website likely because they are spoken for so quickly. I kind of thought that was the same everywhere; larger dogs cost more and likely need more exercise and obedience training... if some people no longer have that small cute little puppy and are faced with a monster that can jump fences, knock you over and be hard to handle they end up in a shelter. The "shortage" of smaller dogs in shelters may not even be the case in other provinces but that's how it is on the West Coast.
On the news last night they showed a rehabilitation center for working dogs in the province, so we do have them, but the lady that works with these dogs mentioned that it's incredibly hard to find a place for them unless it's on another sledding team. I hardly think a place like that, or even many places like that, could've handled 100 dogs.
Last edited by Carmel; 02-02-2011 at 04:07 PM.