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