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Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704

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CONTACT SLED DOG SPONSORS

PLEASE WRITE AND FORWARD

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

Please help the Iditarod dogs by sending protest emails to race supporters. These dogs are helpless victims of profoundly inhumane treatment and cannot speak for themselves. A list of what happens to them during the Iditarod includes death, paralysis, penile frostbite, bleeding ulcers, broken bones, pneumonia, torn muscles and tendons, diarrhea, vomiting, hypothermia, fur loss, broken teeth, viral diseases, torn footpads, ruptured discs, sprains, anemia and lung damage.

How do sick animals run the 1,100 miles across frozen tundra and through icy waters? Veterinarians give them massive doses of antibiotics to keep them going. Anemia tires the dogs but mushers force them to run mile after grueling mile. No one knows how many dogs die after this tortuous ordeal or during training.

Please send protest emails to race supporters using the list below of organizations that are 2006 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 at http://www.helpsleddogs.org/sponsors.htm on the bottom of the page.

ALL EMAIL ADDRESSES - for easy sending, copy and paste as a bunch into your "Blind Copy" box:

communitymatters@morganstanley.com, Media_Inquiries@pinnaclefoodscorp.com, info@greenies.com, rklein@whopper.com, stacy.roughan@ihop.com, ric.long@hellyhansen.com, Shannon.burns@gandermountain.com, russ.rowan@hellyhansen.com, myace@acehardware.com, media@energizer.com, press@echostar.com, bsessions@packagingcorp.com, Customer.Service@cabelas.com, ir.dcx@daimlerchrysler.com, pressinquiries@na.ko.com, marketing@mill-cop.com, investorrelations@wellsfargo.com, kroger.investors@kroger.com, investorrelations@spectrumbrands.com, chendricks@mcclatchy.com, enterprise.comments@exxonmobil.com, newsroom@alaskaair.com, jill.zanger@nike.com, bill.perez@nike.com, jerry_nix@genpt.com, dan.davids@AETN.com, skruse@hollandamerica.com, abuckelew@carnival.com, matthew.baldacci@stmartins.com, markus.schunk@holtzbrinck.com, ptosi@komen.org, lhopkins@netbsa.org, info@workman.com, media@girlscouts.org, sales@AvidID.com, public.relations@usfsi.com, public.relations@stihl.us, AuditCommitteeChairman@em!c.com, help@quickenloans.com, corporatesales@ems.com, aritchie@coneinc.com, marketing.center@lpcorp.com, tjacobs@dobson.net, info@standard.com, Shareholders.IM@pg.com, investor.relations@blockbuster.com, contact.privacy@mcd.com, amy_phillips@olntv.com, bhehn@alacer.com, trey.harris@polarmax.com, info@spyoptic.com, sportcare@muellersportsmed.com, richard.edwards@polarisind.com, bbutter@tollgrade.com, Sales@eyaktek.com, bigr@bigr.com, equinox@eqnx.biz, neos@overshoe.com, info@nationaldogfood.com, ssolomon@dixieline.com, gisx@mindspring.com, employment@providence.org, investor_relations@scholastic.com, gail@pskomen.org, lkoenigsberg@wellnesscommunity.org, jalley@nacwaa.org, dgarrett@preventblindness.org, rortiz@usaba.org, spicchi@learningcommunity202.org, wklaus@ecasd.k12.wi.us, tfiedler@ecasd.k12.wi.us, newsbur@uwec.edu, denise.roberts@indian-river.k12.fl.us, Linda.Robertson@indian-river.k12.fl.us, beglaum@emints.org, Szczepanskis@avon.k12.oh.us, lekeating@comcast.net, rhanze! lka@mchsi.com, contact@EDMIN.com, library@barth.lib.in.us, School_Board@montebello.k12.ca.us, webmaster@education-world.com, emailbag@timeforkids.com, john.devine@gm.com, wford@ford.com, tricon.investor@tricon-yum.com, nationalaccounts@amerigas.com, jdc@eaglepack.com, masmith@mail.volusia.k12.fl.us, info@sportsmanswarehouse.com, international@grabberwarmers.com, redpaw@cheqnet.net, gene@motosolutions.com, sales@edmundoptics.com, info@adfinc.com, feedback@amnutrition.com, wilderinfo@wilderconstruction.com, franchising@batteriesplus.com, rputney@grossmanchev.com, info@royalcanin.us, contact@propacpetfood.com, dknol@antigoschools.k12.wi.us, info@coldspotfeeds.com, info@isisforwomen.com, rmacauley@michigansleep.com, boositr@vetmed.auburn.edu, ingrid@lowaboots.com, sales@tomahawklog.com, jim@ruralpropertyinvestments.com, Michelle.Stalford@ofd.com, dennis@composite-tech.com, gurken@newnorth.net, inquiries@indexc.com, info@stormykromer.com, pangoinfo@pangomedia.com, support@americanlongevity.net, kristiem@lanoequip.com, businessloan.stpeter@fnbmn.com, barbra@moneydots.com, fschnoor@bcs.k12.oh.us, mwittman@bcs.k12.oh.us, fanningm@danbury.k12.oh.us, ahelion@wcasd.net, climb@alpineascents.com, wjjq@wjjq.com, email@murphydesmond.com, jharling@nwtf.net, Sales@oddsonrecording.com, files@metalmagic.com, droewe@biaofclarkcounty.org, herbsallin1@yahoo.com, john@evaz.ca, fotograf@annsissel.no, info@dogbooties.com, cerdey@learningcommunity202.org, DWalker@NorthernOutfitters.com, dsmith@mslma.org

SAMPLE LETTER:

Dear Iditarod Supporter:

Please stop supporting the barbaric Iditarod dog sled race. Mushers treat their dogs abominably. In the Iditarod, dogs are forced to run 1,150 miles, which is the approximate distance between Miami, Florida and New York City, 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 "a barbaric ritual" and "an illegal sweatshop for dogs."

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.

Iditarod dogs are simply not the invincible animals race officials portray. Here's a short list of what happens to the dogs during the race: death, paralysis, penile frostbite, bleeding ulcers, broken bones, pneumonia, torn muscles and tendons, diarrhea, vomiting, hypothermia, fur loss, broken teeth, viral diseases, torn footpads, ruptured discs, sprains, anemia and lung damage.

How do sick animals run the 1,100 miles across frozen tundra and through icy waters? Veterinarians give them massive doses of antibiotics to keep them going. Anemia tires the dogs but mushers force them to run mile after grueling mile.

At least 126 dogs have died in the Iditarod. No one knows how many dogs die after this tortuous ordeal or during training.

On average, 53 percent of the dogs who start the race do not make it across the finish line. According to a report published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, of those who do cross, 81 percent have lung damage. A report published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine said that 61 percent of the dogs who finish the Iditarod have ulcers versus zero percent pre-race.

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:

Cabelas (sporting goods)
Email: Customer.Service@cabelas.com

Daimler Chrysler
Email: ir.dcx@daimlerchrysler.com 

Coca-Cola
Email: pressinquiries@na.ko.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 

Firstrax (Spectrum Brands, Inc.) (Brands include: 8 in 1)
Email: investorrelations@spectrumbrands.com 

ChevronTexaco Corportation
Email: pubaffmr@chevrontexaco.com 

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

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

Providence Health System
Email: employment@providence.org 

Global Information Technologies
Email: sales@gitsat.com 

Alaska Airlines (Alaska Air Group)
Email: newsroom@alaskaair.com 

IDITAROD SUPPORTERS AND PROMOTERS:

TIME for Kids
Email: emailbag@timeforkids.com 

Nike, Inc.
Email: bill.perez@nike.com 
Email: jill.zanger@nike.com 

NAPA Auto Parts (Genuine Parts Company)
Email: jerry_nix@genpt.com 

The History Channel - USA
Email: dan.davids@AETN.com 

Holland America Line (Carnival Corporation)
Email: skruse@hollandamerica.com 
Email: abuckelew@carnival.com 

Scholastic Corporation
Email: investor_relations@scholastic.com 

St. Martin's Press, LLC (Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck)
Email: matthew.baldacci@stmartins.com
Email: markus.schunk@holtzbrinck.com 

Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Email: ptosi@komen.org

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Puget Sound Affiliate
Email: gail@pskomen.org 

Boy Scouts of America, National Council
Email:lhopkins@netbsa.org

Workman Publishing Company
Email: info@workman.com 

Girl Scouts of the USA
Email: media@girlscouts.org 

Avid Microchips (Avid Identification Systems, Inc.)
Email: sales@AvidID.com 

Microtel Inns (US Franchise Systems, Inc.)
Email: public.relations@usfsi.com 

STIHL (STIHL Group)
Email: public.relations@stihl.us
Email: stefan.caspari@stihl.de 

EMC Corporaton
Email: AuditCommitteeChairman@emc.com 

Quicken Loans
Email: help@quickenloans.com 

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
Email: corporatesales@ems.com 

Wellness Community Greater Boston
Email: lkoenigsberg@wellnesscommunity.org 

National Association of Collegiate Women Athletes Administration
Email: jalley@nacwaa.org 

Prevent Blindness America
Email: dgarrett@preventblindness.org 

United States Association of Blind Athletes
Email: rortiz@usaba.org 

Antigo Middle School
Email: dknol@antigoschools.k12.wi.us 

Plainfield Community Consolidated School District
Email: spicchi@learningcommunity202.org 

North High School
Email: tfiedler@ecasd.k12.wi.us 
Email: wklaus@ecasd.k12.wi.us 

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Email: newsbur@uwec.edu 

Thompson Elementary School
Email: denise.roberts@indian-river.k12.fl.us
Email: Linda.Robertson@indian-river.k12.fl.us 

National Center University of Missouri System
Email: beglaum@emints.org 

Avon East Elementary School
Email: Szczepanskis@avon.k12.oh.us 

Massachusetts School Library Media Association
Email: dsmith@mslma.org 

MassCUE, Inc.
Email: lekeating@comcast.net 

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
Email: rhanzelka@mchsi.com 

Foundation for Excellence
Email: cerdey@learningcommunity202.org 

Bartholomew County Public Library
Email: library@barth.lib.in.us 

Cesar Chavez Elementary School
Email: School_Board@montebello.k12.ca.us 

Education World (EDMIN.com)
Email: contact@EDMIN.com 

MUSHER SPONSORS:

Morgan Stanley
Email: communitymatters@morganstanley.com 

Celeste Pizza (Pinnacle Foods Group, Inc.)
Email: Media_Inquiries@pinnaclefoodscorp.com 

Second Wind Energy Snack (S&M NuTec, LLC) - (Makes GREENIES)
Email: info@greenies.com 

Burger King Corporation
Email: rklein@whopper.com 

International House of Pancakes (IHOP, Corp.)
Email: stacy.roughan@ihop.com 

Gander Mountain
Email: Shannon.burns@gandermountain.com 

Helly Hansen North America
Email: ric.long@hellyhansen.com  
Email: russ.rowan@hellyhansen.com 

Ace Hardware
Email: myace@acehardware.com 

Energizer Batteries (Energizer Holdings, Inc.)
Email: BatteryInfo@Energizersales.com 

The Dish Network (EchoStar Communications Corp.)
Email: press@echostar.com 

Packing Corporation of America
Email: bsessions@packagingcorp.com 

Sportsman's Wearhouse
Email: info@sportsmanswarehouse.com 

Jiffy Lube International, Inc. (Shell Oil Company)
Email: mpaine@coneinc.com 
Email: ir-hague@shell.com 

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation
Email: marketing.center@lpcorp.com 

CELLULARONE (Dobson Communications Corp.)
Email: tjacobs@dobson.net 

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

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

Blockbuster Video
Email: investor.relations@blockbuster.com 

McDonalds Restaurants (McDonald Corporation)
Email: contact.privacy@mcd.com 

Ford Motor Company
Email: wford@ford.com 

General Motors
Email: john.devine@gm.com 

Taco Bell/Denali Foods (Franchisor: Yum! Brands, Inc.)
Email: tricon.investor@tricon-yum.com 

Outdoor Life Network (Comcast Corp.)
Email: amy_phillips@olntv.com
Email: amy_banse@comcast.com 

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

Alacer Corp.
Email: bhehn@alacer.com 

Polar Max
Email: trey.harris@polarmax.com 

Quench Gum (Mueller Sports Medicine, Inc.)
Email: sportcare@muellersportsmed.com 

Spy Optic, Inc.
Email: info@spyoptic.com 

Polaris Industries Inc.
Email: richard.edwards@polarisind.com 

Tollgrade Communications, Inc.
Email: info@tollgrade.com 

Eyak Tek (Eyak Technology, LLC)
Email: Sales@eyaktek.com 

Big R Stores
Email: bigr@bigr.com 

Equinox Industries Ltd.
Email: equinox@eqnx.biz 

NEOS Overshoe
Email: neos@overshoe.com 

National Pet Products
Email: info@nationaldogfood.com 

Northern Outfitters
Email: mail@northernoutfitters.com 

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

Edmund Industrial Optics
Email: sales@edmundoptics.com 

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

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

Wilder Construction Company
Email: wilderinfo@wilderconstruction.com 

Adventure Unlimited Ranches
Email: info@adventureunlimited.org 

Batteries Plus
Email: franchising@batteriesplus.com 

Grossman Chevrolet
Email: rputney@grossmanchev.com 

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

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

Cold Spot Feeds
Email: info@coldspotfeeds.com 

Isis for Women
Email: info@isisforwomen.com 

Sleep Diagnostics of Michigan
Email: rmacauley@michigansleep.com 

Auburn University Veterinary Sports Medicine Program
Email: boositr@vetmed.auburn.edu 

Lowa Outdoor and Ski Boots
Email: ingrid@lowaboots.com 

Tomahawk Log & Country Homes
Email: sales@tomahawklog.com 

Timbernet, Inc.
Email: jim@ruralpropertyinvestments.com 

Mountain House Freeze Dried Foods (Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc.)
Email: Michelle.Stalford@ofd.com 

Compositech
Email: dennis@composite-tech.com 

Quick Heat Warmers (Import Merchandisers, Inc.)
Email: gurken@newnorth.net 

Independence Excavating, Inc.
Email: inquiries@indexc.com 

Deland Middle School
Email: mkrajews@mail.volusia.k12.fl.us
Email: masmith@mail.volusia.k12.fl.us 

Stormy Kromer Mercantile
Email: info@stormykromer.com 

PangoMedia
Email: pangoinfo@pangomedia.com 

American Longevity
Email: comments@americanlongevity.net 

Lano Equipment
Email: kristiem@lanoequip.com 

First National Bank - Minnesota
Email: businessloan.stpeter@fnbmn.com 

Moneydots.com
Email: barbra@moneydots.com 

Rocky Ridge Elementary

Email: fschnoor@bcs.k12.oh.us

Graytown Elementary
Email: mwittman@bcs.k12.oh.us 

Danbury local schools (Ohio)
Email: fanningm@danbury.k12.oh.us 

East Bradford Elementary
Email: ahelion@wcasd.net 

ALPINE ASCENTS INTERNATIONAL
Email: climb@alpineascents.com 

WJJQ Radio
Email: wjjq@wjjq.com 

Murphy Desmond Law Offices
Email: email@murphydesmond.com 

Wheelin' Sportsmen Program (National Wildlife Turkey Foundation)
Email: jharling@nwtf.net 

OddsOn Recording
Email: Sales@oddsonrecording.com 

Metal Magic
Email: files@metalmagic.com 

Building Industry Association of Clark County
Email: kgroen@biaofclarkcounty.org 

Nature Cure Bee Caps
Email: herbsallin1@yahoo.com 

Northern Outfitters
Email: DWalker@NorthernOutfitters.com 

Evaz Group
Email: john@evaz.ca 

Fotograf Ann Sissel Jenssen
Email: fotograf@annsissel.no 

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

Dr. Tim's Pet Food Company
Email message box: http://www.drtims.com/contact.htm 


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