The B.C. provincial government has called for a task force to investigate the slaughter of 100 sled dogs in Whistler. Last April, the operator of Howling Dog Tours, a company that booked sledding tours, reportedly shot the animals and dumped their bodies in a mass grave. His decision to carry out the mass slaughter of the otherwise healthy and trained animals was supposedly motivated by a slow-down in the company’s business following the 2010 Olympic Games. Led by Liberal MLA Terry Lake, the task force will include representation from the B.C. SPCA, who are currently investigating the killings and will most likely recommend charges be brought to the operator. “The tragic and disturbing details that have emerged around how these dogs were inhumanely treated are not acceptable to British Columbians or to their government,” said B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell, who ordered the creation of the task force.