The effects of Corona do not stop at sled dogs
Risk areas, quarantine regulations, closed borders: The Corona crisis hits the tourism industry very hard.
In addition to the obvious fellow sufferers such as restaurants, hotels, or transport companies, there are also some victims (!!!) of the crisis that no one has on their radar.
These include, for example, the providers of sled dog rides in Lapland (!!!)- and their animals. The situation on-site is so bad that some dogs even have to be euthanized or shot – because they can no longer be cared for.
The boom in dog sledding tours through Lapland
The boom in dog sledding has been great in recent years.
You can hardly imagine anything more beautiful: Just escape everyday life around the Christmas holidays and enjoy the snow-covered valleys and forests of Lapland.
And all on a sled, pulled by cute huskies and best of all with Santa Claus as a “musher” – the one who steers the sled.
Not all sled dogs are fine
Because this type of tour is becoming more and more popular, a real industry has sprung up around sledding.
According to “YLE”, the public broadcaster in Finland, around 5,000 to 7,000 dogs are used each season. But according to a report by “CNN”, the boom became a problem even before Corona – not only in Finland but in all of Scandinavia.
The local providers were no longer able to meet the demand – more and more providers, including from abroad, pushed onto the market. And with the price war, the exploitation of animals began more and more. Often flown in from southern Europe, many dogs struggle with health problems and poor holding conditions.
While the local dog farmers would have to adhere to strict requirements and the dogs could lead a good life there, seasonal suppliers could be less monitored by the authorities, according to the report.
“Sometimes the dogs are even put to sleep out of desperation and shot” (!!!)
Due to the corona pandemic, Christmas tourism in Lapland has now collapsed almost completely. But thousands of trained dogs want to be moved – and above all to be fed. Many dog owners are on the verge of desperation.
The situation is so dire that some are not sure whether they can continue to care for their animals.
Hundreds of donations and tons of dog food for sled dogs in Finland
In the meantime, some companies and private individuals have come together to collect donations for the sled dogs.
As reported by the Finnish radio, several tons of dog food have also been donated to Lapland – by some dog food companies.
Dog sled driver Aki Holck does not want to accept donations (!!!)
The man, who has been offering dog sledding tours for 30 years, told YLE that he would like people to buy vouchers for his tours.
“I don’t want to take the dogs out of their familiar environment. These animals have their own territory and need their pack and regular carers,” says Holck. Even if the situation is currently difficult: He does not want to give up and hopes that even more tourists will come to Lapland next winter.
And I mean...In Finnish Lapland, there are an estimated 65 to 70 dog sledding companies with 5,000 to 7,000 dogs who are mainly used for sled safaris.
The turnover of dog sled companies is around ten million per year.
The dog begins to work around the age of one year and its services often last up to ten years.
For years the husky owners have exploited their animals to entertain “nature lovers” with Santa Claus on husky paws.
Now they moan, the money stays away!
Every small company puts something aside for the bad times.
But in bad times, exploiters have no mercy on their slaves.
Now they are killing their most loyal servants, they were just a means of transport
And the owners play the victims of the Corona, of course!
What an outrageous, exploitative gang are these dog sledding businessmen!
Please clarify all of your friends, acquaintances, relatives about this business.
No tours with huskies, nowhere in the world.
My best regards to all, Venus