36 thoughts on “Sled Dogs Official Trailer | Documentary Specials | CBC

  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    I am so disappointed. I thought this was gonna be a non-biased documentary about the mushers who do everything to keep their dogs well fed, healthy and just overall taken care of and show the lives of these people and dogs. Not making it look like all sleddogs are abused. Disgusting

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    Stfu. Just cause theirs money involved doesn’t always mean abuse. People hate to see healthy happy dogs. Everyone wants to say chaining a dog is in humane but in reality it’s safely containing your animal which most people don’t get or even do. Everyone wants to see these show dogs ruining dog breeds and these fat unhealthy dogs that sleep on a couch all day. Atleast these dog get mental and physical stimulation. Having a working breed as having it sit at home 8+ hours a day for 5+ days out of the week and letting it out to pee and a short walk isn’t any better then any of these “CLAIMS”

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    For the people that want to hate on dogsledding, yes, there are bad people, but most people are not bad to the dogs. All the people that I’ve met put the dogs comfort before their own. Jessie Holmes, a star of “Life Before Zero” said to me “I’ll bring a whole bale of hay assuming I’ll make a nice bed for myself and then I end up giving it all to the dogs and sleeping on the ice”. Most people wouldn’t do that, most people would put their own comfort first, so before you believe that the entire industry is like the few cases mentioned in this video, go get first hand experience and then make up your mind.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    we must stop the abuse of animals for human entertainment… its killing them… they pay their whole life deprived of their freedom & happy life… please SHARE about the cruelty involved in sports which use animals 💔💔💔

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    This is poor form. Makes me sick. Sled dogs should be celebrated and mushers work hard to provide their dogs with quality care and lots of love. I am one of those mushers. I love my dogs more than anything.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    This comment section is very… "mixed." How to pick a side? 🤔

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    Those dogs should be grateful that they have a job and a chance to compete.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    I cried through most of this film. If it is 10% true then mushing must go the way of Greyhound racing. ANY industry that supports itself on the backs of animals must be looked at, regulated and hopefully eliminated. It doesn't matter whether the Iditarod is a multi-million dollar industry or a small scale sport for a few dozen enthusiasts. These poor dogs live in HELL!

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    I just watched this film, and I can tell you that it makes it VERY, VERY clear that there is really no way to run a PROFITABLE sled dog operation successfully. They do show a couple owners who have ONE team of dogs that they do NOT chain up and treat them all just like regular dogs, while still letting them ENJOY pulling a sled- not being forced to until they literally drop! If you have eyes and ears & half a brain, there is no doubt whatsoever that sled dog operations, as well as that 1000 mile race, are inhumane. Every apologist & defender in this thread is in denial. Tell me you or someone you know doesn’t keep their dogs chained up & doesn’t force them to run until they are sick & I will concede that you are an exception to the RULE. But I will also say you do not run a profitable dog-sledding operation! People on here telling us to not believe our eyes, ears, and own common sense, come on!

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    Oh my god humans are much much more dangerous then monster's

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    Wonderful documentary, both beautiful and very disturbing all at the same time. Of course there are two sides to every story. I personally would like to see more documentaries covering this subject across more breeders and more territories to dig deeper into the truth. For the abusers, they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and the laws on animal abuse need to change to make people think twice about creating such atrocities. This documentary clearly showed legit abuse with hundreds of dogs chained to six foot leads via steel stakes in the ground living out of steel cans. Sorry but anyone that supports this form of cruelty should be subject to living their lives in the same conditions. I tend to think they would change their opinion very quickly. As for the people that treat their dogs well, love and respect them, God Bless you!!!!!

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    I couldn't sit through the entire film. Incredibly biased, and even went so far as to lied straight to your face. If you read any of the back story you realize that the producer lied to Patrick and Willow Kennels to get footage that they used against them. The dog that died at Willow was 14 years old and had a heart attack. The piles of dead dogs shown toward the end in a storage locker was from a puppy mill and not failed or old dogs from sledding. Fern Levitt you should be ashamed of yourself.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    I'm a traveling writer who has spent time in many different extreme activities/sports. I lived in the U.P. for a month and raced in a 90 mile sled dog race. This documentary couldn't be further from what I saw, and I'm guessing there is very very little truth in it. The people I met were extremely kind to their dogs, and the race itself was full of vets and mandatory vet checks. They didn't care if I froze to death or gave myself a heart attack, but they would quickly pull a dog out of the race if he wasn't doing well. And to think that these dog are being "forced to run" ha! I'd love to put anyone who thinks that on the back of a sled and let them try to stop that sled!!!

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    Only humane society people I have ever seen are fkin fruitcakes so I doubt the truthfulness of this video

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    When the dogs lunged frantically at us we witnessed( Toronto Adventures Trip) the snap and back whip as the 3-foot chain pulled it back. This was alarming to all of us as we looked at each other. Collectively we knew that was painful. We did not know the following information. There is a small horseshoe-shaped bone, where the muscles of the tongue and the lower mouth attach. It is important for swallowing and movements of the tongue. Collar damage can lead to painful swallowing, neck damage, sores on the neck, back problems an embedded chain or strangulation. The seven vertebrae form the cervical spine of the dog. The intervertebral discs consist of cartilage and collagen fibers. It stands to reason that collar damage tension on the collar results in shear force causing unnatural movement that accelerates degeneration, causing osteoarthritis of the spine and possibly herniation of the discs. Anyone with arthritis can tell you how debilitating it is and how they are affected by the weather. They can seek help and get pain management techniques. The sled dogs can't. Even a child in school studying forces and movement can grasp a significant amount of that. Anyone who has played contact sports gets that. Consider this is the daily routine.

    I have some videos posted on youtube. You can clearly see food mixed with their urine and feces, dogs with frostbite, dogs on a 3- foot heavy chain, a mother dog chained with two pups at -22C when I was at Windrift in Moonstone. It was a prison FOR 110 CROSS BRED dogs, mainly mut and hound dog with some husky. The photos depict skinny dogs, depressed dogs, the frozen food and frozen water in the bowls. The pups are under a tarp in a makeshift pen. The little pups ( under 8 weeks) can't be out at -22 C because they do not have a double set of fur. There are other reasons on my comments why this is animal abuse and goes against excellent husbandry. These dogs are very dependent and domesticated. They are obscenely loyal. Many die on the chain, frozen solid. These lawn ornaments are warehoused and viewed as livestock so another will seamlessly take its place. This cruel practise has to end if Canada is to call itself a just society.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    As someone who grew up mushing dogs, volunteering for the Iditarod, and meeting iditarod mushers, I am VERY disappointed that dog mushing is being shown in this light. While the cruelty cases need to be made aware of, to bash a community of people who also love and care greatly for their team is unfair. The whole industry is NOT abusive. Do not let a few ruin it for many.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    We will take your dogs and give them a needle…its more humane than a bullet to the head!:)
    Now we sleep better…..

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    Ok I agree the whistler sled company dog massacre was very terrible but all these people take it way out of portion sled dogs were breed to do this stuff for thousands of years

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    I was a hobby musher for seven years and went to Canada each year to participate in an event. I had no dogs of my own but had friends who would let me use theirs or rented. I went into four different kennels of varying degrees. I met many many others and saw all levels of mushing teams from ppl who had 10 Siberian huskies as house pets and a hobby team, to a kennel with 90 dogs in individual chainlink kennels with family groups and hired hands to care for them twice a day, to a vet who kept two teams in separate large fenced enclosures and moved to 80 acres and treated them exceptionally, to someone who kept their dogs on short chains all year round year after year in filth only feeding frozen and gleaned meat scraps only to bring them out for a run or two and shoot them when done with them just like shown in this documentary. This film is accurate in what it is portraying of who they show and that type of owner does exist and many if not most of mushers in the "community" do absolutely know of those type of owners and look the other way.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    I wonder if this film maker has done any films on all the dogs killed by PETA?

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    It's comical to me when a film or documentary comes out (like Blackfish for SeaWorld) and if it's in any way negative it's automatically a "hit piece" There can be 100 places who treat their sled dogs with love and respect (which is amazing) but if there's even ONE who participates in what's shown in this video, this documentary needs to be made. And it needs to be stopped. Just because YOU haven't witnessed it does NOT mean it's not happening.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    Djeez, all you guys making excuses "the industry is not like that". Seriously?! Like, you know we are humans right? We inflict pain, it's what we do (knowingly or unknowlingly). But refusing to believe this abuse is an issue, I'm sorry but drop dead. Seriously, go shoot yourself. Another miserable human being less on this planet.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    Thank you so much for exposing this disgustingly greedy and cruel industry. ABOUT TIME TOO! And care not one bit about those who would deny the reality of this sad state of affairs – they have money at stake.
    Thank you so much for being a voice for the voiceless.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    Four dogs have died, so far, this year in the Iditarod. Three of the dogs are because of the race,–Deacon and Flash, collapsed while racing, and Smoke died while in transit with 74 other dropped dogs, cause of death is questionable at this time. Groovey, died after being dropped from the race, getting loose from his handler, and was hit by a car. This brings the total known deaths to 150, since 1973, not including Groovey, which averages over three (3.4) per race.

    No dog should die. It is morally unjustifiable to have an entertainment activity that is expected to kill over 3 dogs (the fittest dogs in the world), at every event based on past history. Since it is logical to assume this trend will continue, one can only conclude that the organizers, mushers, and spectators care more about the entertainment, and are willing to look the other way when dogs are likely to die in every race – or they would stop doing it. This is just not right.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    another hit piece.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    Basically, as my vet has so often said about our horrible species "It is always all about the money" I wish there were so many kind, compassionate people as him and his staff on this place called "Planet Earth" – sadly, there are not !

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    Who the hell is downvoting this?

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    If this trailer really represents what's in this documentary – then I call BULLSHIT! This doc does not represent the majority of mushers and sled dogs. Especially up here in the Yukon. This film depicts the awful events that happened with ONE musher in BC and it was well-documented on the news here and all the mushers here were deeply saddened by the cruelty of this one guy – he should be locked up for what he did to those dogs. It was a tragedy. This is NOT normal behaviour. The sled dogs and mushers that I know absolutely LOVE their dogs and the dogs absolutely LOVE what they do. They are top-notch athletes and the mushers are only concerned with the health happiness and welfare of their dogs. Please keep an open mind and educate yourself before jumping to any conclusions about the sport of dog mushing.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    Who the heck are you to assume I've only seen beginning and end of races? I know thousands of people who follow races on line. I not only follow them on line during race and read news articles during race, I keep up with the mushers throughout the year, as do.many others.
    BLANKET ACCUSATIONS!

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    I'm not through. Get on a plane and visit Brent Sass, Lance Mackey, Dallas Seavey, Jeff King, Martin Buser, Dee Dee Jonrow.
    Nothing but dogs loved and treated like kings and queens. They live the way Artic Dogs, Sled Dogs, are supposed to live!!!

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    The point is they're trying to put an end to all of them… completely… sled dog racing, sled dog tours etc. And they're doing it through their own ignorance (of dogs and people involved). This blanket accusation doesn't work for me. And a bunch of easily misled people are going to be misinformed.
    This makes unnecessary trouble for the innocent. Why should they be attacked like this?
    I'm all for death penalty of those who are cruel to dogs. Bury them them under the prison!
    Last time I checked, we live in America, and you're innocent until proven guilty.
    Proper control. Proper laws. Made by people who know, understand, and love these kinds of dogs.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    Liar. Misleading. That was ten years ago. Guilty parties were charged. Almost all of the mushers and sled dog tour places love the dogs and treat them very well.
    These people know nothing about dogs, especially Artic Breeds. And if you truly love a dog you'll let him do what he was born to do. These dogs are specially designed by God for pulling sleds over long distances in Artic weather. They LOVE IT! Marathons aren't for all of them .. mushers choose the ones who love it.
    I've seen kennels in pictures and videos. What I saw is people and dogs who LOVE each other and are having great lives.
    DON'T listen to these MORONS.
    Check out Dog Breed Encyclopedia. Look up AKC, SIberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute specifically. See what they have to say.
    It's not right to ruin their happy lives.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    This film uses the few bad instances that happened to try to portray the whole industry as an bad one! The trailer makes no references to the facts and is extremely bias- it only shows bad footage of the industry, making you only see the bad side of it and nothing of the good side, and uses only interviews of people who are against the industry!

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    Not much different than what they do to greyhounds. Once they aren't useful anymore, they get dumped.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    Shame on the commentators that are only defending themselves and missing the point that abuse is taking place. If you really want to defend yourselves then take action to prevent the abuse of these and other animals.

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