Heritage Hotel to Face PETA Protest Over Iditarod Ties

Manila – Because Millennium Hotels and Resorts still sponsors the Iditarod—a long-distance dogsled race held annually in Alaska, in which more than 150 dogs have died—PETA’s “dog” Tagpi will protest outside the Millennium-owned Heritage Hotel tomorrow.

When:             Wednesday, June 30, 12 noon

Where:           Outside the Heritage Hotel, Roxas Boulevard, corner EDSA, Pasay

“PETA is calling on Millennium Hotels and Resorts to check out of the Iditarod’s cruelty to dogs,” says PETA Senior Vice President of Campaigns Jason Baker. “Millennium guests should be disgusted at the thought of supporting a race that has run 150 dogs to their deaths and countless others to the brink of collapse.”

More than half the dogs who start the Iditarod don’t finish it, and during this year’s race, nearly 200 dogs were pulled off the trail because of exhaustion, illness, injury, or other causes, leaving the remaining ones to work even harder. The leading cause of death for dogs forced to race in the Iditarod is aspiration pneumonia—caused by inhaling their own vomit. Many others have died during the off-season while chained up outdoors in subzero temperatures or were killed because they weren’t considered fast enough.

Oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil, a major Iditarod sponsor that gave US$250,000 a year, confirmed that 2021 was the last year that it would support the race—and ChryslerJack Daniel’sCoca-ColaWells Fargo, and Alaska Airlines have all ended their support of the Iditarod.

Broadcast quality footage is available upon request.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETAAsia.com or follow the group on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.