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International Sled Dog Racing Association gives the highest priority to the
welfare of the canine athletes that are our partners in the wonderful world of
sled dog sports. To underscore that commitment, each sanctioned event is
provided with our Animal Welfare policy as part of their racing materials.
The full text of the Animal Welfare Policy is presented below;
Animal Welfare Policy
A. Animal Welfare(PDF copy)
Participants in any sanctioned event agree to abide by the following statement: There shall be no cruel, inhumane or abusive treatment of any dog, through deliberate action or inaction, through knowledge or ignorance, with or without implement, nor shall anyone deny a dog adequate care.
Examples of willful acts considered to be in violation include (but not limited to):
All violations of this policy shall be brought to the Board of Directors for record. For violations not specifically covered in this policy, "Mush with P.R.I.D.E. Sled Dog Care Guidelines" will be used asreference.
Any injury that occurs to a dog at a sanctioned event shall be reported to the Race Marshal, so that a log may be kept in order to eliminate further injuries. This report must not be used solely to find that any abuse has occurred. This policy shall also be in effect for dogs that expire while at a sanctioned event or because of their attendance at an event. The outcome of any Veterinary care should also be reported.
This report shall contain:
These reports will be kept in a file with the Race Marshal for the race season and then turned over to the Director of Timing. The Director of Timing will maintain a club record of injuries. The record will be kept on file with the hope that further injuries can be avoided.
C. Reporting Procedure
Suspected infractions of any portion of this policy must be reported to the Race Marshal within one hour of the infraction. This report can be verbal but must then be followed by a written report within one half hour of the verbal report. NO action can be taken without a written report.
The following definitions shall be used for enforcement of this policy:
The Race Marshal and The Board of Directors make up the enforcement panel. The Race Marshal shall be the key focal point for all violations. All reports of violations shall first be brought to the Race Marshal. The Race Marshal will be the chief investigator and will compile and bring the facts to the Board of Directors. The Enforcement Panel will assess all violations and institute all penalties.
Penalties for violations of this policy may include any of the following as deemed appropriate by the enforcement panel.
All parties involved in the report will be notified and action by the enforcement panel will be in a timely manner.