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100 dogs slaughtered by failing sled tour business

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Most people love dogs; many would say they're one's best friend. However some exploit animals for profit – and when said animals don't create profit, they perform extremely disturbing actions, often causing harm to the animals.

In a recent story, an owner of a Canadian dog sled tour business did just that, slaughtering 100 magnificent animals over the course of two days.

More details, photos, and a video can be found in the Vancouver Sun's coverage.

The dogs were part of a tour pack of 300. The worker ordered to perform the cull claims he 'developed a strong emotional bond of mutual love and trust' with the dogs before carrying out the 'execution-style' mass cull over two days, and has suffered from post-traumatic stress since the incident.

There's a potential for laws to be created against dog sled tour businesses in the future, as these type of incidences create fear among legislators.


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I really do hope this company goes out of the business, and those involved are charge to the fullest. If you can't afford a dog, give up for adoption or give it to somebody who wants one.

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i hope that bastard gets life in prison. that fucker shoulda given those dogs to shelters, or anybody he knows. dumbfuck. >>;

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People like this do not deserve to exist. They should be slowly beaten to death. Perhaps slowly to the point of taking 2 days to do it just as they took to execute the dogs as they did.

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There are a lot of problems with their business, but it is hard to make out the people involved to be completely evil or complete monsters based on just the information given.

Once they are at the point where they have more dogs than they have money to maintain, what are they supposed to do? They claimed to try to adopt them out or sell them. Maybe they did a bad job of that or didn't try hard, but we don't have evidence of that either way at the moment. It doesn't seem helpful to complain of them putting down dogs, then also complain how others had malnourished and poorly cared for dogs as a result of not doing so. Them going out of business or otherwise dumping the dogs on some shelter probably would result in the same outcome for the dogs, while costing the shelter money that would have helped other animals. The vet refusing to help might have contributed to things being worse too, which is why a lot of vets won't refuse to put down healthy animals when they know the alternative is the owner doing a worse job of it.

This isn't to absolve them of wrong doing, just to say given the information in the articles, they were in a bad situation and their options could have been quite limited. Passing heavy judgement on that seems premature, especially if people are actually investigating this instead of just making assumptions on limited information.

More constructive responses would be to prevent the situation from coming up again. Banning such businesses is simple, although has other dislikes and problems. Maybe a better middle ground would be to require such businesses have money set aside for a dog's lifetime of basic care before being allowed to get the dog. So then regardless of what happens afterwards, money would not be an issue for the dogs.

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Anon, you'll have to please pardon me if I don't extend these kinds of people any more compassion than they do for their animals.

"Once they are at the point where they have more dogs than they have money to maintain, what are they supposed to do?" Had they been responsible animal owners they wouldn't have gotten !!!100 dogs!!! more than they could care for in the first place. They should have never gotten that "deep in the hole' in the first place. C'mon.

Yes they were in a bad situation...and its one they put themselves in and then the animals had to suffer for their lack of judgment.

End result is...for people such as these, your softhearted approach and light handed demeanor is the very casual thinking that lets people like this get away with such things in the first place. I am sure you are a great person...don't misunderstand me on this...but light handed slaps on the wrists for acts such as this is exactly why we have as much carelessness as we do about such things in society as there is. Time outs and grounding kids don't work like a good old fashioned spanking does.

Old cowboy saying..."No price to be paid for all mistakes made." That's how people get to the point to do such things. If they knew there was a heavy price to pay on such things, they are likely to be more reluctant to get to the point of things such as this article depicts. The very fact we have groups that seek this stuff out to get such people busted, tells you that there's already too much of it going on. I do a lot of animal rescue myself. And its all out of pocket, no state assistance.And I can tell you first hand, that old saying about "There's far more pets with people problems than there are people with pet problems" never can ring more true than in the face of an occurance such as this. In my yrs of doing rescue, I have seen many things that sicken me to the point of blind rage and fury at such people. Theres no excuse for people to get to this point, no justification at all.

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your softhearted approach and light handed demeanor is the very casual thinking that lets people like this get away with such things in the first place

The post above said nothing about going soft on people who did wrongs, explicitly stating it wasn't absolving wrongs. In other words, the people should be responsible for their mistakes, but that is what legal investigations are for. Just a newspaper coverage of this, with some unspecific or to be verified details, doesn't prompt rhetoric like:

They should be slowly beaten to death. Perhaps slowly to the point of taking 2 days to do it just as they took to execute the dogs as they did.

It doesn't help this is the type of situation where the initial mistake could have been disproportionate to the consequences the mistake brings upon others. Some people assume only some animal-hating, inhuman monster could do such things, or make such mistakes, but doesn't help anyone understand why such things happen. A well-intentioned person could easily make similar mistakes leading up to that bad situation. People for whom facing the death of an animal is more punishment than any jail time still end up in similar situations too, because sometimes it is a problem of lack of forethought and not planning for unexpected change in the future, regardless of how heavy a price they know there is for such things.

Of course there is a good chance that someone involved in this mess is a careless, grade-A asshole type. But to say that is a given makes assumptions.

An attempt at an understanding or caring hand is not mutually exclusive with a firm hand.

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this is just sick. yet another bloody stain on my country (Canada)'s cultural heritage. First, the federal government refuses to ban the seal hunt (and then bitches about the European Union banning all seal products in response to the hunt continuing), and now this... i'm starting to fear that the crusade for animal rights up here is a lost cause.

~ The Legendary RingtailedFox

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