Six years after 56 sled dogs were slaughtered in Whistler, a documentary about the industry will play at the Village’s Film Festival.
The 1000 mile Iditarod race and the industry that trains the dogs that run is at the heart of Fern Levitt’s new film Sled Dogs.
Some in the industry are calling it inaccurate, and have asked the Whistler Film Fest to scrap it
According to Levitt, it’s because it shows an ugly side to sledding.
She says, “There’s many times 100 to 200 dogs are all living on chains, and what I’ve come to realize is that for any species to live on a chain – that’s just plain cruel.”
She says the film shows the dogs being alternately overworked, then left tied up to languish for months.
But BC’s Professional Mushers Association of calls it propaganda, and lumps reputable operators in with a shady few.
They add they’re against any animal cruelty.
In the wake of the 2010 slaughter B-C implemented a new Sled Dog code of practice.
The film screens Saturday and Sunday.