PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A protest against an automaker’s sponsorship of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race was staged outside the Philadelphia Auto Show on its opening day.
A white Chrysler minivan pulled up in front of the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Saturday afternoon. Two people dressed in fuzzy dog costumes and armed with sledgehammers, hopped out and began to pound on the vehicle.
Statements such as “Chrysler drives dogs to death” and “Chrysler sponsors death race” were spray-painted on the side.
“Our bold demonstration is a way to bring people’s attention from the general public about the dogs suffering at the Iditarod and to Chrysler, to continue to putting pressure on them, asking them to stop funding this cruelty,” said Tricia Lebkuecher of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). “Dogs are not snow mobiles. They get sick on the trails. They suffer.”
According to Lebkuecher, more than 150 dogs have died in the Iditarod.
Chanting “Chrysler has bloods on its hands” and “There’s no excuse for animal abuse,” about a dozen PETA protesters passed out information leaflets as ticket holders made their way inside the Philadelphia Auto Show.
Chrysler has not yet responded to requests for comment.