TSA gets cold response from PETA, withdraws from Iditarod
The Transportation Security Administration is canceling plans to recruit new workers at this year's Iditarod dog race in Alaska after PETA complained the agency was sponsoring a "cruel" event, Federal Eye blogger Ed O'Keefe reported today.
A TSA spokesman said the agency planned to recruit potential job seekers as it tries to fill airport screener vacancies at 22 Alaskan airports. That recruitment would have cost the agency a whopping $85,000.
"There are so many ways to create jobs and exploiting dogs is not one of them," PETA founder, Ingrid Newkark, said. "We are howling with delight."
The Iditarod begins on March 5.
This isn't the first time TSA has recruited through unusual methods. In July of last year, it tried to lure new hires via pizza boxes. Its advertisement read "A Career Where X-Ray Vision and Federal Benefits Come Standard."
| February 16, 2011; 4:00 PM ET
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