Maybe I'm naive on this point, but the Iditarod racers run on a pretty tight budget, and I get the impression that they don't keep loads of extra dogs...young ones for training, current team and a dozen extra for backups, and some older dogs that are no longer racing.
Am I way off on this? I'll be visiting Alaska this summer and stopping in on a few kennels of Iditarod racers. Am I going to be disappointed?
For some, the fact that there IS a kennel is necessarily immoral. I wonder what they think of all the housepets in small apartments, who sit by themselves all day while their owners work. Or if critics are aware of how many dogs are abandoned and dropped off by highways or small towns...by 'normal' owners. [We lived in Buttonwillow Calif near Bakersfield...and saw at least 5 a year dropped off and abandoned...and those were the ones who made it into our small town.]
I am equally appauled by the term 'culling' (these are living beings...not deformed vegetables (carrots & potatoes). To kill a healthy dog is murder, and it seems that if we want to move forward as a society then pet owners (whether individuals or businesses) must accept full responsibility for the lives in their care.
BUT I think the anger and disgust is inappropriately aimed at the Iditarod community. Please correct me, if you know better.