People for the Extortion, Torture and Abuse of human beings (PETA) and other environmentalist groups, like Sea Shepherd and Greenpeace, are attempting to force their views on native Indians from Alaska and Canada along with the people of Thailand to give up using animals for entertainment or survival. It’s something else when wealthy environmentalists from Western countries have lots of money and time to tell other people in poor areas how to live. But what do they care about those lowly brown and Asian people anyway?
How animal activists are shaming indigenous people for their lifestyle
By Paula Froelich – March 7, 2020 | 12:15am | Opinion – New York Post
Last week, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals celebrated when Alaska Airlines pulled its sponsorship from the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Alaska’s most famous sporting event involves a team of sled dogs pulling a human over ice and snow for 1,000 miles and I’ll admit it — the first time I went to Greenland and saw dogs living outside in solo houses on chains, it was a shock. It was freezing outside, and they were sitting alone in their wooden houses.
“When dogs used in the Iditarod aren’t being forced to run until their paws bleed and their bodies break down, they’re chained alone in the bitter cold,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a statement.
But here’s the thing about sled dogs: They are not normal, fully-domesticated, cuddly house pets.
According to the American Kennel Club: “Generations of breeding for racing and hauling have created a dog with legendary endurance, speed, and hardiness” and the dogs have a “desire to run and work in harness is equally crucial for a team’s success.” And Hetta Huskies, a breeding site for sled dogs, says: “Traditional husky breeds are capable of withstanding temperatures as cold as -40 degrees Celsius … When attached to the chains, the dogs live in individual kennels and have a large personal running area so they actually have even more freedom of movement than the dogs in the cages.”
Locals in Greenland, Canada, Alaska and other arctic areas rely on these dogs for food and transportation (hence the term “working dogs”) and have done so for thousands of years. The Iditarod is a celebration of the culture and the dogs themselves (Central Park even has a statue devoted to Balto the sled dog who delivered life-saving diptheria antitoxin medicine to snowed-in Nome when modern transport could not.)
This is not the first time over-excited naturists have shamed and attacked Inuits or other cultures for their lifestyle.
Almost three years ago, Chris Apassingok, age 16, caught a bowhead whale off the Siberian Yupik village of Gambell on St. Lawrence Island, in a 2,000 year-old hunting tradition. He was celebrated by the community — as the whale would feed them all in an area where, without subsistence hunting, people would starve. A story in the Alaska Dispatch News lauded the teen: “Gambell Teenager Leads Successful Whale Hunt, Brings Home 57-Foot Bowhead.”
But the story also caught the eye of Paul Watson, an early Greenpeace activist and founder of Sea Shepherd, an environmental organization based in Washington. An infuriated Watson wrote on his Facebook page: “WTF, You 16-Year Old Murdering Little Bastard!… some 16-year old kid is a frigging ‘hero’ for snuffing out the life of this unique self-aware, intelligent, social, sentient being, but hey, it’s okay because murdering whales is a part of his culture, part of his tradition. … I don’t give a damn for the bullshit politically correct attitude that certain groups of people have a ‘right’ to murder a whale.”
Watson, who looks like he’s never missed a meal in his life, started an avalanche of hate mail and death threats toward Apassingok, and his family were devastated by the attack. According to High Country News, his mother Susan said six weeks after the hunt, her son stopped going to school, barely spoke and his mood darkened.
“I can’t get anything out of him,” Susan told HCN. “We struggle to buy gas, food, they risk their lives out there to feed us, while this Paul Watson will never have to suffer a day in his life. Why is he going after a child such as my son?”