Revamped sled dog company up and running 

Critics continue to call for ban on commercial sled dog operations

click to enlarge PHOTO BY JOHN FRENCH - Paws for reflection Despite negative publicity after the slaughter of sled dogs in Whistler, the  company involved is going forward as a new foundation-owned business.
  • photo by john french
  • Paws for reflection Despite negative publicity after the slaughter of sled dogs in Whistler, the company involved is going forward as a new foundation-owned business.

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The VHS is opposed to the use of dogs for commercial sledding operations. In a note to Lindsay Kislock, Chair of the B.C. Sled Dog Standards of Care Working Group, the humane society wrote that it is impossible to adequately enforce a standard of care to ensure proper care of sled dogs.

"This is primarily due to the businesses' remote locations and the lack of public scrutiny for the majority of the time," the society cautioned.

Eckersley doesn't see things in the same light, as she believes the people employed at The Whistler Sled Dog Co. genuinely care for and value all the dogs. She said her company is constantly working to make the sled dogs social creatures by letting them mingle with each other off-tether and learn skills, like how to climb stairs, so when they retire they can successfully live with a human family.

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