The Ultimate PETA vs. Iditarod Quiz
by Staff
If you have followed the animal rights debate, you will probably have heard about the opposition of the PETA animal rights organization to Iditarod, the famous annual sled dog race held in Alaska. Take this quiz to find out where you stand on the issue.

What is PETA?

  • It is an animal rights group that stages protests around the world.
  • It is an organization of dog-lovers advocating the use of performance art to draw attention.
  • It is a coalition of hunters and wildlife conservation activists.

What is Iditarod?

  • It's a summer dog show.
  • It is a dog race in the framework of an annual country fair in the town of Iditarod.
  • It's a sled dog race across Alaska.

What does it commemorate?

  • famous manhunt across Alaska using sled dogs
  • transport of diphtheria serum by sled dogs
  • the first commercial journey across Alaska

When did sled-dog racing first begin in Alaska?

  • 1928
  • 1918
  • 1908

What gave the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race its big push in the late 1980s?

  • highly publicized lawsuits by animal rights groups
  • publications and movies about sled dogs
  • huge increase in prize money

How did the nature of the race change?

  • It changed from a local Alaskan sport to a national sport.
  • More dogs were added to the sled teams to increase speed.
  • It developed from a wilderness adventure to a competitive sport.

What were the important elements of the race in the early days?

  • tradition of mushing and camaraderie among the mushers
  • decoration of the sleds and outfits of the dogs
  • participation of descendants of the original journey across Alaska

Has someone from outside Alaska ever won?

  • race is limited to Alaskans
  • in 1995 someone from outside Alaska won
  • in 2003 an outsider won but was later disqualified

What was the first-place prize in 1973?

  • 50000
  • 20000
  • 12000

By 2007, the prize money had increased. How much did the second-place winner receive?

  • 64300
  • 70300
  • 90300

What causes people to wonder about the effects of the race on the dogs?

  • weight of the sled and overly competitive atmosphere
  • harsh weather, extreme distance and lack of rest
  • competitive nature of the race and need to breed faster, stronger dogs

What else concerns the animal rights activists?

  • dogs are being bred and trained specifically for racing
  • the dogs don't received their share of the winnings
  • increased incidents of animal abuse

When does training begin for a sled dog?

  • at a couple of months
  • at six months
  • at a year

How old are the dogs competing in the Iditarod?

  • one year old
  • 11 years old
  • two to 10 years old

When do the dogs train?

  • in the winter
  • all year
  • four months before the contest

How many dogs must a competing team have?

  • eight to 10 dogs
  • 10 to 12 dogs
  • 12 to 16 dogs

What is the size of a typical kennel?

  • 30 dogs
  • 50 dogs
  • 75 dogs

Is there any regulation or supervision of nutritional needs of the dogs?

  • An adequate amount of food is required and there are inspections by veterinarians along the route.
  • The exact amount of food is determined by the race organizers.
  • State regulations determine amount of food and veterinarian supervision.

Are the dogs really equipped for the cold climate?

  • They are trained to survive the cold and fed a suitable diet
  • They are well equipped for the cold.
  • They are not well equipped which is why so many dogs are required for each team.

What are the main hazards facing sled dogs?

  • sunstroke and exhaustion
  • wolves and hyenas
  • dog fights and moose attacks