Improving the Welfare of Working Sled Dogs
The Canadian Coalition for Sled Dogs supports ethically-managed sled dog touring companies, racing kennels and recreational mushers who operate under the highest standards in dog care. Our work ensures every sled dog in Canada is humanely cared for and protected by advocating for nation-wide codes of conduct and stringent standards.
The Canadian Coalition for Sled Dogs is a federally registered not-for-profit organization founded in 2012 by a group of Canmore, Alberta-based sled dog enthusiasts.
The organization works with federal and provincial governments to support efforts that ensure the humane treatment of animals in the commercial and racing sled dog operations. The Canadian Coalition for Sled Dogs is auditing best practices to develop and implement nation-wide codes of conduct that provide standards to improve the welfare of working sled dogs.
Proposed standards would include humane kennel management, tethering and penning practices, free run requirements, veterinary care, mandatory dog registration, adoption outlines, a strict no-kill policy for controlling numbers and more. An educated, regulated permitting body would monitor kennels to ensure fully-disclosed, transparent operations.
The Coalition is collaborating with key stakeholder groups responsible for the care of sled dogs: veterinarians; animal welfare groups; government bodies; sled dog communities; and international contacts working to establish similar codes of conduct and auditing programs.
Sled Dog operations contribute to Canada’s cultural heritage and tourism. Developing standards and an audit process ensures the industry operates in a more professional, acceptable manner. Standards will help tourists find ethically-managed sled dog touring companies and races.
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