Apparently, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, has a heart for animals of the human variety as well. Either that, or it’s trying to avoid a lawsuit.
A few weeks ago, I posted about the death of Iditarod musher Paige Drobny’s dog Dorado and PETA’s subsequent letter to the Nome District Attorney asking that Drobny and race organizers be held criminally responsible. The full text of the letter was published on PETA’s website.
A few days later, Drobny’s attorney sent a letter to PETA demanding it retract the accusations against Drobny or face a possible lawsuit.
Yesterday, the Alaska Dispatch reported that PETA has issued an apology to Drobny:
PETA has learned that Ms. Drobny had no way of knowing that a sudden storm was coming to the checkpoint area and is not culpable for Dorado’s death. PETA apologizes for suggesting that she was. PETA thanks Ms. Drobny for asking the Iditarod to make changes so as to supply shelter for all dogs dropped off at collection points along the race route in the future and is pleased that the Iditarod has agreed.
The statement goes on to say that “this cruel race should end—but until then, Iditarod organizers need to enact further reforms, including time limits on dogs’ participation and better supervision to prevent abusive training methods.”
Drobny is not impressed. In an email to the press, she takes issue with the way PETA places the apology within a general condemnation of the Iditarod. “We are bothered by the obvious attempt to bury this release in a larger piece of PETA propaganda, released on the weekend,” Drobny’s email states.
It is not clear if Drobny and her attorney are planning to move forward with a suit against PETA. “We are considering our options in light of this weak effort,” Drobny says.
Interestingly enough, PETA has still not removed from its website the original letter condemning Drobny.