A local walk is being planned in memory of the 100 sled dogs that were killed, after business reportedly dried up for a tourist dog-sledding business at the close of the 2010 Olympic Games.
With the number of walks, rallies and vigils taking place around the province, but nothing nearby their community, Cathy Hirst and Jeneane Ruscheinsky, of Hope, felt that it was important for area residents to come together in memory of the Whistler 100 Sled Dogs and “to voice their support and peaceful outrage, to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.”
“People simply need to show up at the park with their friends, families and four-legged companions, dressed for the weather,” says Hirst.
A group leader will head up the parade of participants along the route starting from Hope Memorial Park, walking in groups of two – just as sled dogs do.
The walk is set for 2 p.m., Sunday, February 13.
“We ask that everyone attending be aware that no violence or aggression will be tolerated or expected. It is important for people to be considerate of the public, and to behave in a calm and orderly manner,” adds Hirst.
“There may be lots of dogs present, and we want a calm and peaceful environment with no yelling, and just a minimum of barking.
“This is not an angry procession – the first purpose is to support people that do good work to protect animals, and show our love for dogs.”
“We ask that if people are bringing signs, which they are welcome to do, they should not be aggressive or include any profanity, but share a message of support for change of animal rights.
Information on the route will be provided the day of the walk and participants can sign an animal rights petition or donate to the SPCA at the beginning of the walk.
“We will also hand out red ribbons for those in attendance to attach to their dogs collars, or to attach to their sleeves in memory” of the Whistler 100, adds Hirst.
For more information Cathy Hirst can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the ‘Memorial Walk in Hope BC in Support of the Whistler Sled Dogs’ Facebook Page.