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28th Legislature(2013-2014)

Bill Text 28th Legislature

00 Enrolled HCR 24                                                                                                         
01 Recognizing, honoring, supporting, and encouraging support for dog mushing and dog                                      
02 mushers in the state.                                                                                                   
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04 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                             
05      WHEREAS dog mushing is the official sport of the state, and both Native and non-                                 
06 Native persons participate in the sport; and                                                                            
07      WHEREAS persons who engage in dog mushing help to preserve the culture and                                       
08 tradition of dog mushing, which has been practiced in the state for thousands of years; and                             
09      WHEREAS dog mushing is an important thread in the fabric of life in this state and is                            
10 an important part of the spiritual well-being and cultural identity of the state; and                                   
11      WHEREAS dog mushing is not only a sport but also a way of life, with roots in                                    
12 ancient times when humans first bonded with animals; and                                                                
13      WHEREAS, before mechanized means of transportation arrived in the state, the                                   
14 relationship between humans and animals enabled residents of the state to populate the state                            
15 and to live, hunt, and thrive in the state; and                                                                         
16      WHEREAS organizations such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals want                                   
17 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.                                                        
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