Sled Dog Massacre

Sled Dog Massacre
February 3, 2011 by Connie Wilson
It has just come to light that last spring, after the 2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver, BC ended, 100 Alaskan Huskies were ordered slaughtered by the Whistler, BC company who used them to take tourists on dog-sledding adventures. That these dogs were exterminated when no longer needed rather than be given the chance of adoption by families who would love them is unconscionable. Secondly, their "execution" was tragically inhumane. The employee tasked with killing the animals claimed that the deed pretty much destroyed his soul (he was compensated for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Those poor dogs were treated as a commodity, used to make a profit for their business owners, then disposed of like trash when business fell off following the Winter Games. It breaks my heart. The BC SPCA would have taken all of those dogs. Not one of them needed to have perished.

That this mass murder took place in Whistler, a community close to uber dog-friendly Vancouver, BC, where I live and where Modern Dog is published from, is scarcely believable. My province of BC has many, many hard-working and devoted individuals dedicated to working with organizations such as the BC SPCA as well as countless independent rescues in order to enlighten and educate people on the humane treatment of animals. Just recently, Richmond, a city located on the outskirts of Vancouver, ruled it illegal for pet stores to sell dogs, thereby helping increase the numbers of dogs adopted, but also, importantly, halting dog "impulse buys" and pet store acquisition of "stock" from puppy mills.

How, in an enlightened community of dog lovers, could this tragedy have happened? I have no answers. But I am hoping the lesson taken is that we all must be vigilante in continuing to promote kindness towards and protection of animals and by our examples hopefully influence others who have yet to understand. The RCMP has begun an inquiry and further details on this massacre will undoubtedly be in the news over the coming weeks. My hope is that those people who think animals can be used for profit with little or no thought to their needs or wants will realize that there are consequences to their actions.

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