Sunday, February 20, 2011

Outdoor Adventures

Recently it came to light that a dog sledding company, Outdoor Adventures Whistler, slaughtered 100 dogs after a post Olympic financial decline. Bookings for dog sled tours decreased after the Olympics and when the company could not find homes for the animals, it culled the dogs. The dogs were killed over a two day period of time last April.

The man's name has not been released, but his attorney has been quoted as saying, "the worst experience (the man) has ever had". This is the same man who filed the claim with the Worksafe BC and killed the animals. After being told to make the business more cost effective, he attempted to find homes for all the dogs. When he could no longer find homes, he chose to shoot the remaining dogs. Outdoor Adventures spokesman Graham Aldcroft said, "They had a financial stake in the company, but operational control was with the worker that filed the claim with Worksafe BC".

Can Outdoor Adventures be held accountable for this man's decisions? Both the British Columbia
SPCA and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are investigating this tragedy. Outdoor Adventures has now taken control of the dog sledding company and now it is company policy if a dog needs to be euthanize, it will be treated at a veterinary clinic.

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