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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:

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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: [email protected]

Daimler Chrysler
Email: [email protected] 

Coca-Cola
Email: [email protected] 

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels
Email: [email protected] 

Wells Fargo & Company
Email: [email protected] 

Kroger Co. (Fred Meyer Stores)
Email: [email protected] 

Spenard Builders (Lanoga Corporation)
Email: [email protected] 

Office Tech (Global Imaging Systems, Inc.)
Email: [email protected] 

Firstrax (Spectrum Brands, Inc.) (Brands include: 8 in 1)
Email: [email protected] 

ChevronTexaco Corportation
Email: [email protected] 

Exxon Mobil Corporation
Email: [email protected] 

Anchorage Daily News (Mc Clatchy Company)
Email: [email protected] 

Providence Health System
Email: [email protected] 

Global Information Technologies
Email: [email protected] 

Alaska Airlines (Alaska Air Group)
Email: [email protected] 

IDITAROD SUPPORTERS AND PROMOTERS:

TIME for Kids
Email: [email protected] 

Nike, Inc.
Email: [email protected] 
Email: [email protected] 

NAPA Auto Parts (Genuine Parts Company)
Email: [email protected] 

The History Channel - USA
Email: [email protected] 

Holland America Line (Carnival Corporation)
Email: skru[email protected] 
Email: [email protected] 

Scholastic Corporation
Email: [email protected] 

St. Martin's Press, LLC (Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck)
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected] 

Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Email: [email protected]

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Puget Sound Affiliate
Email: [email protected] 

Boy Scouts of America, National Council
Email:[email protected]

Workman Publishing Company
Email: [email protected] 

Girl Scouts of the USA
Email: [email protected] 

Avid Microchips (Avid Identification Systems, Inc.)
Email: [email protected] 

Microtel Inns (US Franchise Systems, Inc.)
Email: [email protected] 

STIHL (STIHL Group)
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected] 

EMC Corporaton
Email: [email protected] 

Quicken Loans
Email: [email protected] 

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
Email: [email protected] 

Wellness Community Greater Boston
Email: [email protected] 

National Association of Collegiate Women Athletes Administration
Email: [email protected] 

Prevent Blindness America
Email: [email protected] 

United States Association of Blind Athletes
Email: [email protected] 

Antigo Middle School
Email: [email protected] 

Plainfield Community Consolidated School District
Email: [email protected] 

North High School
Email: [email protected] 
Email: [email protected] 

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Email: [email protected] 

Thompson Elementary School
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected] 

National Center University of Missouri System
Email: [email protected] 

Avon East Elementary School
Email: [email protected] 

Massachusetts School Library Media Association
Email: [email protected] 

MassCUE, Inc.
Email: [email protected] 

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
Email: [email protected] 

Foundation for Excellence
Email: [email protected] 

Bartholomew County Public Library
Email: [email protected] 

Cesar Chavez Elementary School
Email: [email protected] 

Education World (EDMIN.com)
Email: [email protected] 

MUSHER SPONSORS:

Morgan Stanley
Email: [email protected] 

Celeste Pizza (Pinnacle Foods Group, Inc.)
Email: [email protected] 

Second Wind Energy Snack (S&M NuTec, LLC) - (Makes GREENIES)
Email: [email protected] 

Burger King Corporation
Email: [email protected] 

International House of Pancakes (IHOP, Corp.)
Email: [email protected] 

Gander Mountain
Email: [email protected] 

Helly Hansen North America
Email: [email protected]  
Email: [email protected] 

Ace Hardware
Email: [email protected] 

Energizer Batteries (Energizer Holdings, Inc.)
Email: [email protected] 

The Dish Network (EchoStar Communications Corp.)
Email: [email protected] 

Packing Corporation of America
Email: [email protected] 

Sportsman's Wearhouse
Email: [email protected] 

Jiffy Lube International, Inc. (Shell Oil Company)
Email: [email protected] 
Email: [email protected] 

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation
Email: [email protected] 

CELLULARONE (Dobson Communications Corp.)
Email: [email protected] 

Stancorp Financial Group, Inc.
Email: [email protected] 

Eukanuba/Iams (Procter & Gamble Company)
Email: [email protected] 

Blockbuster Video
Email: [email protected] 

McDonalds Restaurants (McDonald Corporation)
Email: [email protected] 

Ford Motor Company
Email: [email protected] 

General Motors
Email: [email protected] 

Taco Bell/Denali Foods (Franchisor: Yum! Brands, Inc.)
Email: [email protected] 

Outdoor Life Network (Comcast Corp.)
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected] 

UGI Corporation (AmeriGas)
Email: [email protected] 

Alacer Corp.
Email: [email protected] 

Polar Max
Email: [email protected] 

Quench Gum (Mueller Sports Medicine, Inc.)
Email: [email protected] 

Spy Optic, Inc.
Email: [email protected] 

Polaris Industries Inc.
Email: [email protected] 

Tollgrade Communications, Inc.
Email: [email protected] 

Eyak Tek (Eyak Technology, LLC)
Email: [email protected] 

Big R Stores
Email: [email protected] 

Equinox Industries Ltd.
Email: [email protected] 

NEOS Overshoe
Email: [email protected] 

National Pet Products
Email: [email protected] 

Northern Outfitters
Email: [email protected] 

Eagle Premium Pet Foods/Eagle Pet Products, Inc.
Email: [email protected] 

Dogbooties.com (a division of Arrowhead Fabric)
Email: [email protected] 

Grabber Performance Group
Email: [email protected] 

Blackwood Dog Food (The Blackwood Corporation)
Email: [email protected] 

Redpaw Feeds
Email: [email protected] 

Fogtech
Email: [email protected] 

Edmund Industrial Optics
Email: [email protected] 

American Dehydrated Foods, Inc.
Email: [email protected] 

Atta Boy (American Nutrition, Inc.)
Email: [email protected] 

Wilder Construction Company
Email: [email protected] 

Adventure Unlimited Ranches
Email: [email protected] 

Batteries Plus
Email: [email protected] 

Grossman Chevrolet
Email: [email protected] 

Royal Canin USA, Inc.
Email: [email protected] 

Pro Pac Pet Food (Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. )
Email: [email protected] 

Cold Spot Feeds
Email: [email protected] 

Isis for Women
Email: [email protected] 

Sleep Diagnostics of Michigan
Email: [email protected] 

Auburn University Veterinary Sports Medicine Program
Email: [email protected] 

Lowa Outdoor and Ski Boots
Email: [email protected] 

Tomahawk Log & Country Homes
Email: [email protected] 

Timbernet, Inc.
Email: [email protected] 

Mountain House Freeze Dried Foods (Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc.)
Email: [email protected] 

Compositech
Email: [email protected] 

Quick Heat Warmers (Import Merchandisers, Inc.)
Email: [email protected] 

Independence Excavating, Inc.
Email: [email protected] 

Deland Middle School
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected] 

Stormy Kromer Mercantile
Email: [email protected] 

PangoMedia
Email: [email protected] 

American Longevity
Email: [email protected] 

Lano Equipment
Email: [email protected] 

First National Bank - Minnesota
Email: [email protected] 

Moneydots.com
Email: [email protected] 

Rocky Ridge Elementary

Email: [email protected]

Graytown Elementary
Email: [email protected] 

Danbury local schools (Ohio)
Email: [email protected] 

East Bradford Elementary
Email: [email protected] 

ALPINE ASCENTS INTERNATIONAL
Email: [email protected] 

WJJQ Radio
Email: [email protected] 

Murphy Desmond Law Offices
Email: [email protected] 

Wheelin' Sportsmen Program (National Wildlife Turkey Foundation)
Email: [email protected] 

OddsOn Recording
Email: [email protected] 

Metal Magic
Email: [email protected] 

Building Industry Association of Clark County
Email: [email protected] 

Nature Cure Bee Caps
Email: [email protected] 

Northern Outfitters
Email: [email protected] 

Evaz Group
Email: [email protected] 

Fotograf Ann Sissel Jenssen
Email: [email protected] 

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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