Monday, January 31, 2011

Someone Call PETA

Normally we at the Job Snob (there's no 'we', just me) are all about the light hearted. But today there is no lightheartedness. Today there is only disgust that something like this could happen in my backyard.

I don't know how far this story has made it actually. I know that this morning it was a local story and this afternoon it had made it to national level, with over a thousand people commenting. Which doesn't seem like a lot, and in the grand scheme of things isn't. But what struck me about the 1,000 and counting who took a moment to comment on the story was the likemindedness. For once, people were of the same mind: this was disgusting and something needs to be done.

For those of you that didn't click on the link, this is the gist.

There was a company in Whistler (you know? Whistler? The majestic winter playground that was featured in 2010 Olympic wins?), Outdoor Adventures Whistler, that was running dogsledding tours. And after the Olympics, bookings were down. They had a bunch of dogs. Too many for demand in fact. And what does one do when one has too many dogs and not enough tourists? Apparently one gets their manager to kill the dogs. Not in any humane, gentle way, befitting of man's best friend. But in the most horrific ways possible: with a shotgun. And when that didn't work, by slicing their throats. Over 2 days this guy did it.

And then?

He filed for compensation saying he was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

I would too if I had slaughtered 100 dogs.

This happened 10 months ago. We heard about it today because someone over the course of all the legalities required to actually claim compensation for Work related 'injury' decided to leave a journalist an anonymous tip.

Canada's animal cruelty laws aren't stiff enough. Something has to be done. I'd say bankruptcy for this company (operational licenses have been suspended so far, a good start I guess) is as good a place as any to start. I can't believe that this guy got any kind of compensation. I'm so sorry that you can't sleep in the aftermath of the senseless slaughter of 100 dogs. Life can be so cruel can't it? One minute you're just following orders and the next you're climbing into a mass grave, ensuring that the dogs are well and truly dead.

I'm disgusted. I'm sick to my stomach. I'm incredulous that this happened in my own backyard. This blog is small, but word of mouth spreads. Please, please don't let the Canadian government sweep this under the rug. Be outraged, be vocal. Call PETA. Call Whistler Outdoor Adventure (604 932 0647) and tell them what you think of them.

I don't know what else to do. The whole thing makes me sick.


  1. This is absolutely nauseating. I am a huge - and I mean HUGE dog person. I would expect this from Southern Louisiana but Whistler, BC? Horrendous.

  2. so this is the second time posting cause the first time accidentally auto-deleted...

    yea i was horribly upset by this when i read it this morning.

    obviously the employee has mental issues considering the fact that he was asked to kill 100 dogs and didn't think beforehand that it was horrible enough to say anything to anyone.

    i'm also annoyed with the management of the company because they are using an obviously mentally ill man as a scape goat. yes, i get the employee could've said no, but the first fact was that he was asked to in the first place.

    my friend works as a vet tech and one of her co workers broke into a puppy mill and took (i'll say freed) the dogs and fed them and gave them homes...i'm sure someone would've done that for these dogs if they took the 5 minutes it takes to put up an add.

    i'm glad i have never partaken in any dogsledding activities and don't intend to if this is how they treat their loyal employees.