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NPR hypes blind Iditarod musher
From the Sled Dog Action Coalition, http://www.helpsleddogs.org
National Public Radio (NPR) is promoting Rachael Scdoris, a blind woman who is mushing in the 2005 Iditarod dog sled race. NPR's website (npr.org) has links to her website, and to the Iditarod's website and webcam. Their interview with Scdoris did not mention that the dogs suffer, and it is not stated on the NPR website.
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.
Please ask NPR to stop promoting the Iditarod with the many evils associated with it.
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WRITE TO ALL IDITAROD SUPPORTERS:
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.
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PLEASE PERSONALIZE SAMPLE LETTER:
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.
Fort Dodge Animal Health (Wyeth)
Millennium & Copthorne Hotels
Wells Fargo & Company
Kroger Co. (Fred Meyer Stores)
Spenard Builders (Lanoga Corporation)
Office Tech (Global Imaging Systems, Inc.)
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Coors Brewing Company
Anchorage Daily News (Mc Clatchy Company)
Providence Health System
Global Information Technologies
Alaska Airlines (Alaska Air Group)
Too Far Publishing
Outdoor Life Network (Comcast Corp.)
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Workman Publishing Company
Carnival Corporation (Princess Cruises)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
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Travel Channel (Discovery Networks)
PBS Teacher Source
Fodor's Travel Publications (Random House, Bertelsmann)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Frommer's Guides (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
111 River St. Hoboken, NJ 07030
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Avalon Travel Publications
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Petplace.com (Intelligent Content, Corp.)
TIME for Kids
Women's Sports Foundation
Academy of Achievement
Insight Guides (APA Publications/Langenscheidt Publications)
Rough Guides (The Penguin Group)
Email: Marilyn.email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc.
Wilmington Public School Superintendent
The Westminster Kennel Club
Pedigree Dog Food (Mars, Inc.)
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
The Weather Channel
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
National Public Radio
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Stancorp Financial Group, Inc.
Email: email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org
Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.
Eukanuba/Iams (Procter & Gamble Company)
Hanons/Safeway (Safeway, Inc.)
McDonalds Restaurants of the Kenai Peninsula (McDonald Corporation)
Marsh USA (Marsh & McLennan Companies)
AT&T Alascom (AT&T)
PMI Nutrition Pet Foods (Purina Mills/Land O'Lakes, Inc.)
Ford Motor Company
Taco Bell/Denali Foods (Franchisor: Yum! Brands, Inc.)
Lowe's Home Improvement (Lowe's Companies, Inc.)
UGI Corporation (AmeriGas)
Udelhoven Companies (Udelhoven Oilfield System)
Patrick Henry Creative Promotions
American Seafoods Group
Eagle Premium Pet Foods/Eagle Pet Products, Inc.
Dogbooties.com (a division of Arrowhead Fabric)
Grabber Performance Group
Blackwood Dog Food (The Blackwood Corporation)
Oak View Elementary School
Edmund Industrial Optics
American Dehydrated Foods, Inc.
Atta Boy (American Nutrition, Inc.)
Arctic Cat Inc.
Cirrus Design Corporation
Borton Automotive, Inc.
WHSmith and Sons, Ltd.
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Icicle Seafoods, Inc.
Wilder Construction Company
Thomas Jefferson Middle School
Patrick McGaheran School
D.H. Blattner & Sons, Inc.
Adventure Unlimited Ranches
Longfellow Elementary School
United Railroad Materials Company
Senior Sojourns, Inc.
Ophir Gold Ltd.
Royal Canin USA, Inc.
Email: email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org
Pro Pac Pet Food (Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. )
Bill Hanson, Attorney
AF Ragnar Evensen AS
Historical Chocolate Company
Reflective "Puppy Parkas"
Windigo Outfitters in Iron River
Cold Spot Feeds
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
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