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Who's sponsoring Iditarod dog torture in 2005?

From The Sled Dog Action Coalition, http://www.helpsleddogs.org :

Barbaric dog-torture continues at the hands of cold-hearted Iditarod mushers. Please help the dogs who are forced to run in the Iditarod dog sled race by sending protest emails to race sponsors and promoters.

Here's a short list of what happens to the dogs during the race: death, paralysis, penile frostbite, bleeding ulcers, broken bones, pneumonia, ruptured discs, hypothermia, broken teeth, viral diseases, torn footpads and lung damage.

Stories about the dogs receiving top-notch health care don't square with the facts. Dogs are often sick before the Iditarod starts but are made to race anyway. While some sick dogs are dropped during the race, others are given massive doses of antibiotics to keep them going.

Below is a list of organizations that are 2005 Iditarod race sponsors, musher sponsors or Iditarod promoters. Emails are first given in block form and then individually under the sample letter. Email addresses with semi-colons in block form can be found on http://www.helpsleddogs.org/sponsors.htm on the bottom of the page.

BLOCK EMAILS:

martink@wyeth.com, jhallin@standard.com, info@standard.com, info@investcorp.com, john.leaver@hellyhansen.no, investorrelations@rccl.com, deknutson@landolakes.com,  PATAGONIACS@patagonia.com, Shareholders.IM@pg.com, jhong@safeway.com, investor.relations@blockbuster.com, contact.privacy@mcd.com, alfred.j.modugno@marsh.com, gmorgenstern@att.com, wford@ford.com, john.devine@gm.com, Amy.Sherwood@Yum.com, Chris.B.Ahearn@lowes.com, Jgilbert@udelhoven.com, myer@phcp.com, brad.bodenman@americanseafoods.com, ir.dcx@daimlerchrysler.com, heyer@na.ko.com, NewsOutback@OUTBACK.com, info@workman.com, investorrelations@wellsfargo.com, marketing@mill-cop.com, kroger.investors@kroger.com, gisx@mindspring.com, ssolomon@dixieline.com, media@carnival.com, pubaffmr@chevrontexaco.com, enterprise.comments@exxonmobil.com, leo.kiely@coors.com, chendricks@mcclatchy.com, employment@providence.org, investor_relations@scholastic.com, Customer.Service@cabelas.com, info@comtec.com, sales@gitsat.com, info@annamaet.com, jdc@eaglepack.com, info@breg.com, info@dogbooties.com, international@grabberwarmers.com, info@blackwoodpetfood.com, redpaw@cheqnet.net, gene@motosolutions.com, steve.yager@nacs.k12.in.us, sales@edmundoptics.com, info@adfinc.com, feedback@amnutrition.com, webmaster@arcticcat.com, investorrelations@gandermountain.com, sdougherty@cirrusdesign.com, rstewart@borton.com, info@whs-tools.com, MarkS@IcicleSeafoods.com, wilderinfo@wilderconstruction.com, publicaffairs@anadarko.com, dawn.mccall@discovery.com, viewer@pbs.org, jmoses@elderhostel.org, gunter.thielen@bertelsmann.de, polson@randomhouse.com, mspring@wiley.com, ecousens@wiley.com, atpfeedback@avalonpub.com, jsisk@rowmanlittlefield.com, IRglobal@goldprospectors.org, sdisney@mail.valpo.k12.in.us, mgoad@ctsd.k12.nj.us, info@dhblattner.com, info@adventureunlimited.org, STEVESI@d11.org, rick@unitedrailroad.net, pat@seniorsojourns.com, sales@ophirgold.com, franchising@batteriesplus.com, rputney@grossmanchev.com, info@multi-pak.com, info@royalcanin.us, contact@propacpetfood.com, beaversports@beaversports.com, info@mttravel.com, bill@billhansonattorney.com, ragnar.evensen@afgruppen.no, wear@wolfsongadventures.com, HCC19@aol.com, scottz@PETPLACE.COM, ir@alaskaair.com, wosport@aol.com, info@toofar.com, editor_1@achievement.org, presse@langenscheidt.de, chad.haight@sasquatchbooks.com, jobs@roughguides.co.uk, marilyn.ducksworth@us.penguingroup.com, mstewart@marthastewart.com, emailbag@timeforkids.com, leepinliz@bridgeband.com, juneymoon@email.msn.com, Solutions@ReflectivelyYOURS.com, sales@innisbrook.com, windigo@cheqnet.net, info@coldspotfeeds.com
, feedback@olntv.com, amy_banse@comcast.com, tim_fitzpatrick@comcast.com

PLEASE PERSONALIZE SAMPLE LETTER:

Dear
___

Please stop supporting the barbaric Iditarod with all the evils associated with it.

Mushers treat their dogs abominably. In the Iditarod, dogs are forced to run 1,150 miles, which is the approximate distance between Dallas and Cleveland over a grueling terrain in 8 to 15 days. USA Today sports columnist Jon Saraceno called the Iditarod "a travesty of grueling proportions" and "Ihurtadog." Fox sportscaster Jim Rome called it "I-killed-a-dog." Orlando Sentinel sports columnist George Diaz said the race is "an illegal sweatshop for dogs." USA Today business columnist Bruce Horovitz said the race is a "public-relations minefield."

Please visit the Sled Dog Action Coalition website http://www.helpsleddogs.org and be sure to read the quotes on http://www.helpsleddogs.org/remarks.htm . All the material on the site is true and verifiable.

At least 122 dogs have died in the Iditarod. There is no official count of
dog deaths available for the race's early years. Here's a short list of what happens to the dogs during the race: death, paralysis, penile frostbite, bleeding ulcers, broken bones, pneumonia, ruptured discs, hypothermia, broken teeth, viral diseases, torn footpads and lung damage.

On average, 53 percent of the dogs who start the race do not even make it across
the finish line. Of those that finish, 81 percent have lung damage. No one knows how many dogs die in training or after the race. A report published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine said that 48.5 percent of the dogs who participate in the Iditarod have ulceration, tissue erosion, gastric hemorrhage, or a combination of these conditions.

Tom Classen, retired Air Force colonel and Alaskan resident for over 40
years, tells us that the dogs are beaten into submission:

"They've had the hell beaten out of them." "You don't just whisper into their ears, 'OK, stand there until I tell you to run like the devil.' They understand one thing: a beating. These dogs are beaten into submission the same way elephants are trained for a circus. The mushers will deny it. And you know what? They are all lying." -USA Today, March 3, 2000 in Jon Saraceno's column

Mushers believe in "culling" or killing unwanted dogs, including puppies. Many dogs who are permanently disabled in the Iditarod, or who are unwanted for any reason, including those who have outlived their usefulness are killed with a shot to the head, dragged or clubbed to death. "Dogs are clubbed with baseball bats and if they don't pull are dragged to death in harnesses....." wrote Alaskan Mike Cranford in an article for Alaska's Bush Blade Newspaper (March, 2000).

Jon Saraceno wrote in his March 3, 2000 column in USA Today, "He [Colonel
Tom Classen] confirmed dog beatings and far worse. Like starving dogs to maintain their most advantageous racing weight. Skinning them to make mittens. Or dragging them to their death."

Please end your organization's association with this horrific race.

Sincerely,

IDITAROD SPONSORS:

Fort Dodge Animal Health (Wyeth)

Email: martink@wyeth.com

Daimler Chrysler
Email: ir.dcx@daimlerchrysler.com

Coca-Cola
Email: heyer@na.ko.com

Outback Steakhouse
Email NewsOutback@OUTBACK.com

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels
Email: marketing@mill-cop.com

Wells Fargo & Company
Email:investorrelations@wellsfargo.com

Kroger Co. (Fred Meyer Stores)
Email: kroger.investors@kroger.com

Spenard Builders (Lanoga Corporation)
Email: ssolomon@dixieline.com


Office Tech (Global Imaging Systems, Inc.)
Email: gisx@mindspring.com

ChevronTexaco Corportation
Email: pubaffmr@chevrontexaco.com

Exxon Mobil Corporation
Email: enterprise.comments@exxonmobil.com

Coors Brewing Company
Email: leo.kiely@coors.com

Anchorage Daily News (Mc Clatchy Company)
Email: ptalamantes@mcclatchy.com

Providence Health System
Email: employment@providence.org

Cabelas
Email: Customer.Service@cabelas.com

Comtec Business Systems
Email:info@comtec.com

Global Information Technologies
Email: sales@gitsat.com

Alaska Airlines (Alaska Air Group)
Email: ir@AlaskaAir.com

Too Far Publishing
Email: info@toofar.com

IDITAROD PROMOTERS

Workman Publishing Company

Email: info@workman.com

Carnival Corporation (Princess Cruises)
Email: media@carnival.com

Scholastic Corporation
Email: investor_relations@scholastic.com

Travel Channel (Discovery Networks)
promoter)
Email: dawn.mccall@discovery.com

PBS Teacher Source

Email: viewer@pbs.org

Elderhostel, Inc.

Email: jmoses@elderhostel.org

Fodor's Travel Publications (Random House, Bertelsmann)
Email: editors@fodors.com, polson@randomhouse.comgunter.thielen@bertelsmann.de

Frommer's Guides (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
111 River St. Hoboken, NJ 07030
Email: wpesce@wiley.com, mspring@wiley.com

Avalon Travel Publications

Email: atpfeedback@avalonpub.com

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Email: jsisk@rowmanlittlefield.com

Outdoor Channel (Global Outdoors, Inc.)
Email: IRglobal@goldprospectors.org

Brian L. Roberts, CEO
Outdoor Life Network (Comcast Corp.)
1500 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215-665-1700
Fax: 215-981-7790
Email: feedback@olntv.com
Email: amy_banse@comcast.com
Email: tim_fitzpatrick@comcast.com

Petplace.com (Intelligent Content, Corp.)
Email: scottz@PETPLACE.COM

TIME for Kids
Email: emailbag@timeforkids.com

Women's Sports Foundation
Email: wosport@aol.com

Academy of Achievement
Email: editor_1@achievement.org

Insight Guides (APA Publications/Langenscheidt Publications)

Email: presse@langenscheidt.de

Sasquatch Books
Email: chad.haight@sasquatchbooks.com

Rough Guides (The Penguin Group)
Email: Marilyn.ducksworth@us.penguingroup.com, jobs@roughguides.co.uk

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc.
Email: mstewart@marthastewart.com

MUSHER SPONSORS:

Stancorp Financial Group, Inc.
Email: jhallin@standard.com , info@standard.com

Helly Hansen (Investcorp International, Inc.)
Email: info@investcorp.com, john.leaver@hellyhansen.no

Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.
Email: investorrelations@rccl.com

Patagonia (Lost Arrow Corporation)
Email: PATAGONIACS@patagonia.com

Eukanuba/Iams (Procter & Gamble Company)
Email: Shareholders.IM@pg.com

Hanons/Safeway (Safeway, Inc.)
Email: jhong@safeway.com

Blockbuster Video
Email: investor.relations@blockbuster.com

McDonalds Restaurants of the Kenai Peninsula (McDonald Corporation)
Email: contact.privacy@mcd.com

Marsh USA (Marsh & McLennan Companies)
Email: alfred.j.modugno@marsh.com

AT&T Alascom (AT&T)
Email: gmorgenstern@att.com

PMI Nutrition Pet Foods (Purina Mills/Land O'Lakes, Inc.)
Email: deknutson@landolakes.com

Ford Motor Company
Email: wford@ford.com

General Motors
Email: john.devine@gm.com

Taco Bell/Denali Foods (Franchisor: Yum! Brands, Inc.)
Email: Amy.Sherwood@Yum.Com

Lowe's Home Improvement (Lowe's Companies, Inc.)
Email: Chris.B.Ahearn@lowes.com

UGI Corporation (AmeriGas)
Email: strategicaccounts@amerigas.com

Northern Outfitters
Email: mail@northernoutfitters.com

Udelhoven Companies (Udelhoven Oilfield System)
Email: Jgilbert@udelhoven.com

Patrick Henry Creative Promotions
Email: myer@phcp.com

American Seafoods Group
Email: brad.bodenman@americanseafoods.com


Annamaet Petfoods
Email: info@annamaet.com

Eagle Premium Pet Foods/Eagle Pet Products, Inc.
Email: jdc@eaglepack.com

Breg, Inc.
Email: info@breg.com

Dogbooties.com (a division of Arrowhead Fabric)
Email: info@dogbooties.com

Grabber Performance Group
Email: international@grabberwarmers.com

Blackwood Dog Food (The Blackwood Corporation)
Email: info@blackwoodpetfood.com

Redpaw Feeds
Email: redpaw@cheqnet.net

Fogtech
Email: gene@motosolutions.com

Oak View Elementary School
Email: steve.yager@nacs.k12.in.us

Edmund Industrial Optics
Email: sales@edmundoptics.com

American Dehydrated Foods, Inc.
Email: info@adfinc.com

Atta Boy (American Nutrition, Inc.)
Email: feedback@amnutrition.com

Arctic Cat Inc.
Email: webmaster@arcticcat.com

Gander Mountain
Email: investorrelations@gandermountain.com

Cirrus Design Corporation
Email: sdougherty@cirrusdesign.com

Borton Automotive, Inc.
Email: rstewart@borton.com

WHSmith and Sons, Ltd.
Email: info@whs-tools.com

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Email: publicaffairs@anadarko.com

Icicle Seafoods, Inc.
Email: MarkS@IcicleSeafoods.com

Wilder Construction Company
Email: wilderinfo@wilderconstruction.com

Thomas Jefferson Middle School
Email: sdisney@mail.valpo.k12.in.us


Patrick McGaheran School
Email: mgoad@ctsd.k12.nj.us

D.H. Blattner & Sons, Inc
.
Email: info@dhblattner.com

Adventure Unlimited Ranches
Email: info@adventureunlimited.org

Longfellow Elementary School
Email: STEVESI@d11.org

United Railroad Materials Company
Email: rick@unitedrailroad.net

Senior Sojourns, Inc.
Email: Pat@SeniorSojourns.com

Ophir Gold Ltd.

Email: sales@ophirgold.com

Batteries Plus
Email: franchising@batteriesplus.com

Grossman Chevrolet
Email: rputney@grossmanchev.com

Multi-Pak Corporation
Email: info@multi-pak.com

Royal Canin USA, Inc.
Email: info@royalcanin.us

Pro Pac Pet Food (Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. )
Email: contact@propacpetfood.com

Beaver Sports
Email: beaversports@beaversports.com

Montana Travel
Email: info@mttravel.com

Bill Hanson, Attorney
Email: bill@billhansonattorney.com

AF Ragnar Evensen AS
Email: ragnar.evensen@afgruppen.no

Wolfsong Wear
Email: wear@wolfsongadventures.com

Historical Chocolate Company
Email: HCC19@aol.com

LeepinLiz Designs
Email: leepinliz@bridgeband.com

June Shelley
Email: juneymoon@email.msn.com

Reflective "Puppy Parkas"
Email: Solutions@ReflectivelyYOURS.com

Innisbrook Wraps
Email: sales@innisbrook.com

Windigo Outfitters in Iron River
Email: windigo@cheqnet.net

Cold Spot Feeds
Email: info@coldspotfeeds.com

The Ungar Foundation
P.O. Box 752
Copake, NY 12516

Harry L. McGinnis Middle School
17 Atther Road
Buena Vista, CO 80345
Phone: 719-395-7060

Amaize (Marsland Laboratories)
Email message box: http://www.amaize.com/dealer_inq.htm


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