HCR 24: Recognizing, honoring, supporting, and encouraging support for dog mushing and dog mushers in the state.
00 HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 24 01 Recognizing, honoring, supporting, and encouraging support for dog mushing and dog 02 mushers in the state. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS dog mushing is the official sport of the state, and both Native and non- 05 Native persons participate in the sport; and 06 WHEREAS persons who engage in dog mushing help to preserve the culture and 07 tradition of dog mushing, which has been practiced in the state for thousands of years; and 08 WHEREAS dog mushing is an important thread in the fabric of life in this state and is 09 an important part of the spiritual well-being and cultural identity of the state; and 10 WHEREAS dog mushing is not only a sport but also a way of life, with roots in 11 ancient times when humans first bonded with animals; and 12 WHEREAS, before mechanized means of transportation arrived in the state, the 13 relationship between humans and animals enabled residents of the state to populate the state 14 and to live, hunt, and thrive in the state; and 15 WHEREAS organizations such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals want 16 to eliminate the sport of dog mushing and the dog mushing way of life and have asked people
01 not to patronize companies that sponsor dog mushing or tours that include dog mushing; and 02 WHEREAS dog mushing races attract millions of fans and tourists from around the 03 world and contribute to the economies of the state and communities in the state; and 04 WHEREAS dog mushing contributes to the state's image as the last frontier and 05 provides excitement and purpose locally; and 06 WHEREAS dog mushing, whether in races or for recreation, contributes to the pride, 07 spirit, physical well-being, and cultural identity of fans and dog mushers alike; and 08 WHEREAS dog mushers who treat their dogs humanely and maintain humane dog 09 kennels need the support of the people of the state so they can preserve the tradition and 10 culture of dog mushing for future generations; 11 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature recognizes this state as a "right 12 to mush" state and recognizes the practice of dog mushing to be a part of the past, present, and 13 future culture of the state; and be it 14 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature honors the grit and 15 tenacity of dog mushers who brave miles of open wild country in harsh weather conditions; 16 and be it 17 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature supports dog mushing in 18 the state and encourages the people of the state to support dog mushers so they can preserve 19 the tradition and culture of dog mushing for future generations.