Why were dogs removed from Antarctica on Feb. 22, 1994?
– Potential spread of disease to native seal populations
– Dogs were killing native penguins
– Weather conditions were too harsh for dogs to survive
– Dogs were a threat to native wolf populations
The first dogs arrived in Antarctica when the British Antarctic Expedition ship Antarctic landed at Cape Adare in the Ross Sea area in 1899. Seventy-five dogs and seven men went ashore, where they became trapped by a four-day blizzard. The dogs proved their worth in the harsh environment and their ability to survive. A clause in the Antarctic Treaty required the dogs’ removal in 1994 because of fear that the disease distemper may spread to the native seals. Source: CoolAntarctica.com
Potential spread of disease to native seal populations
European diseases and epidemics pervade many aspects of Native American life, both throughout history and in the present day. Diseases and epidemics can be chronicled from centuries ago when European settlers brought diseases that devastated entire tribes to the modern day when Native Americans face serious struggles with particular diseases. The current crises in diseases and epidemics are addressed by many different groups, both governmental and independent, through a multitude of programs.