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

Brutal dog-torture continues at the hands of hardhearted 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. The Iditarod has a long documented history of dog deaths, illnesses and injuries. On average, 54% of the dogs who start the race do not even make it across the finish line. Of those that do, 81% have lung damage.

Many dogs who are permanently injured in the Iditarod or who are unwanted for any other reason are shot in the head, dragged or clubbed to death. "On-going cruelty is the law of many dog lots. 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.

Below is a list of organizations that are 2004 Iditarod race sponsors, musher sponsors or Iditarod promoters. Emails are first given in block form and then individually under the sample letter. Please blind copy the email addresses:

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PLEASE PERSONALIZE SAMPLE LETTER (If you will be boycotting, please say so.):

Dear

I understand your organization sponsors or promotes the Iditarod dog sled race, and I want to bring some facts to your attention. This race is condemned by animal protection groups and animal lovers across the United States. Please stop supporting this abusive race, and all of 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 Los Angeles and Seattle, over a grueling terrain in 8 to 15 days. Dog deaths and injuries are common in the race. 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." 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 120 dogs have died in the Iditarod. There is no official count of dog deaths available for the race's early years. Causes of death have included strangulation in towlines, internal hemorrhaging after being gouged by a sled, liver injury, heart failure, and pneumonia. "Sudden death" and "external myopathy," a fatal condition in which a dog's muscles and organs deteriorate during extreme or prolonged exercise, have also occurred.

In the 2001 Iditarod, a sick dog was sent to a prison to be cared for by inmates and received no veterinary care. He was chained up in the cold and died. Another dog died by suffocating on his own vomit.

On average, 54% of the dogs who start the race do not even make it across the finish line. Of those that finish, 81% have lung damage.

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

Beatings and whippings are common. Jim Welch says in his book Speed Mushing Manual, "I heard one highly respected [sled dog] driver once state that "‘Alaskans like the kind of dog they can beat on.'" "Nagging a dog team is cruel and ineffective...A training device such as a whip is not cruel at all but is effective." "It is a common training device in use among dog mushers...A whip is a very humane training tool."

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, are killed with a shot to the head, dragged or clubbed to death. "On-going cruelty is the law of many dog lots. 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."

The race has led to the proliferation of horrific dog kennels in which the dogs are treated very cruelly. Many kennels have over 100 dogs and some have as many as 200. It is standard for the dogs to spend their entire lives outside tethered to metal chains that can be as short as four feet long. In 1997 the United States Department of Agriculture determined that the tethering of dogs was inhumane and not in the animals' best interests. The chaining of dogs as a primary means of enclosure is prohibited in all cases where federal law applies. A dog who is permanently tethered is forced to urinate and defecate where he sleeps, which conflicts with his natural instinct to eliminate away from his living area.

Iditarod dogs are unhappy prisoners with no chance of parole. Please end your organization's association with the Iditarod dog sled race.

Sincerely,

2004 IDITAROD SPONSORS

Daimler Chrysler
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Coca-Cola
Email: [email protected]

Outback Steakhouse
Email [email protected]

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels
Email: [email protected]

Wells Fargo & Company
Email:[email protected]

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

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

ChevronTexaco Corportation

Email: [email protected]

Exxon Mobil Corporation
Email: [email protected]

Coors Brewing Company
Email: [email protected]

Brown-Forman Corp. (Jack Daniels
)
Email:[email protected]

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

Mars
Email: [email protected]


Providence Health System
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Cabelas (sporting goods)
Email: [email protected]

Comtec Business Systems
Email:[email protected]

AVID Microchips
Email: [email protected]

Global Information Technologies
Email: [email protected]

2004 IDITAROD RACE PROMOTERS

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Scholastic Corporation
Email: [email protected]

Bain Capital (
Co-owns Houghton Mifflin, a company that promotes the Iditarod to children)
Email: [email protected]

Travel Channel (Discovery Networks)
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

PBS Teacher Source

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

EF Educational Tours
Email: [email protected]

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

Fodor's Travel Publications (Random House, Bertelsmann)
Email: [email protected], [email protected][email protected]

Frommer's Guides, For Dummies (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Lonely Planet Publications
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Travel Smart Books (Avalon Travel Publications)
Email: [email protected]

Hunter Travel Guides (Hunter Publishing)
Email: [email protected]

Greystone Books (Douglas McIntyre Publishing Group)
Email: [email protected]

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

2004 MUSHER SPONSORS

Microsoft Corporation
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Ford Motor Company
Email: [email protected]

General Motors
Email: [email protected]

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

UGI Corporation (AmeriGas)
Email: [email protected]

Global Outdoors, Inc. (Outdoor Channel)
Email: [email protected]

Northern Outfitters
Email: [email protected]

Montessori Discovery School
Email:[email protected]

Udelhoven Companies (Udelhoven Oilfield System)
Email: [email protected]

Patrick Henry Creative Promotions
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

American Seafoods Group
Email: [email protected]

Manchester Elementary School
Email: [email protected]

Annamaet Petfoods
Email: [email protected]

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

Breg, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Caribou Creek Gold Dog Food
Email: [email protected]

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

Cold Spot Feeds
Email: [email protected]

Grabber Performance Group
Email: [email protected]

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

Batteries.com
Email: [email protected]

Sofast.net
Toll free: 1-877-7-Sofast

Canine Caviar
Email: [email protected]

Redpaw Feeds
Email: [email protected]

Benton Elementary
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Wisconsin Vietnam Vets, Chapter 3
Email: [email protected]

Lowe's Home Improvement (Lowe's Companies, Inc.)
Email: [email protected]

AdvoCare
Email: [email protected]

Eagle Elementary
Email: [email protected]

Micro Air, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Durbin Elementary School
Email: [email protected]

St. Vincent Sports Medicine Center (St Vincent Hospital)
Email: [email protected]

Ice Miller Legal & Business Advisors
Email: [email protected], [email protected],
[email protected]

Abraham Lincoln Elementary School
Email: [email protected]

Chesapeake Siberian Husky Club
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Downwind Sports
Email: [email protected]

Isis Clothing
Email: [email protected]

Masterfoods (Mars, Inc.)
Email: [email protected], [email protected],
[email protected], [email protected]

Northern California Siberian Husky Club, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Rainier School District
Email:
[email protected]  

Siberian Huskie Club of Greater Detroit
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Siberian Husky Club of Greater Chicago
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Union Elementary School
Email: [email protected]

Fogtech
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

The Hutson School

Hickory Center Elementary School
Email:
[email protected]

Frater ("Brother") Joseph F. Rautenberg
Email: [email protected]

Triton Elementary School
Email: [email protected]

Oak View Elementary School
Email: [email protected]

Precious Blood School
Email: [email protected]

St. Luke Catholic School
Email: [email protected]

Crestview Elementary School
Email: [email protected]

Neil A. Armstrong Elementary School
Email: [email protected]

Cargill Animal Nutrition (Cargill, Incorporated)
Email: [email protected]

Argyle Lions Club (Lions Clubs International)
Email: [email protected]

Dane County Conservation League
Email: [email protected]

Mt. Horeb Intermediate School
Email: [email protected]

Springdale Lutheran Church Sunday School
Email: [email protected]

Argyle Elementary School
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Leggee Elementary School
Email: [email protected]

Free Spirit Siberian Husky Rescue
Email: [email protected]

Bay Area Siberian Husky Club
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Siberian Husky Club of Metropolitan Dallas
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Pike Legal Group
Email: [email protected]

Prairie Dog Supply Co.
Email: [email protected]

Edmund Industrial Optics
Email: [email protected]

Yummy Chummies Salmon Treats
Email: [email protected]

Melanzana Outdoor Fleece Clothing
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Polaris Industries, Inc. (makes snowmobiles, watercraft, ATVs, utility vehicles)
Email: [email protected]

Gargoyle Sun Glasses (Gargoyles, Inc.)
Email: [email protected]

Groenewold Fur and Wool Company
Email: [email protected]

Affinity Advance Pet Food (Agrolimen)
Email: [email protected]

Ski-Doo Snowmobiles, Bombardier ATVs (Bombardier Recreational Products)
Email:
[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Champion Pet Food, Ltd.
Email: [email protected]

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc.
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

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

National Dog Food
Email: [email protected]
Think Equity
Email: [email protected], [email protected],
[email protected]

Wilshire Park Elementary School
[email protected]


Windigo Outfitters in Iron River
Email: [email protected]

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

Visit: http://www.helpsleddogs.org/sponsors.htm for complete contact information.


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