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Canine Commuting in Spitsbergen


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Modern city dwellers are all too familiar with constant traffic jams and air pollution raising their stress levels and causing health problems. But one remote city in Norway’s Arctic region has adopted an entirely different approach to the concept of commuting.

In fact, automobile access to many area roads is strictly forbidden in order to make room for the area’s traditional form of propulsion. Russia Today made the journey north to visit these teams of trekkers and pose the inevitable question to viewers: Does dog powered travel represent a big step backward, or are we witnessing the leading edge in terms of thinking as it pertains to alternate, non-fossil powered commuting?

Time will tell, but early comments indicate a divided response, with those who label dog sledding a cruel practice claiming that this is clear exploitation of dogs. Your thoughts?