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ALERT: Who's supporting Iditarod dog torture in 2007? - WRITE

PLEASE WRITE AND FORWARD WIDELY

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. What happens to them during the Iditarod includes death, paralysis, penile frostbite, bleeding ulcers, bloody diarrhea, lung damage, ruptured discs, viral diseases and pneumonia.

For the dogs, the Iditarod is a bottomless pit of suffering. Throughout this eight to 16-day competition, Iditarod personnel encourage mushers to race diseased dogs. Instead of pulling sick dogs from the race, veterinarians frequently give them massive doses of antibiotics to keep them running.

Veterinarians also work to help the mushers before the Iditarod begins. Although the dogs are often sick, veterinarians allow them to start the race anyway. One chief Iditarod veterinarian even published a musher/veterinary handbook advising mushers on how to avoid having prohibited substances detected in pre-race veterinary checks.

Please speak for the dogs by sending Iditarod supporters protest emails. The 2007 Iditarod sponsors, musher sponsors, race promoters and business members are listed below.

Emails are first given in a group and then individually under the sample letter. Email addresses with semi-colons in a group form can be found at http://www.helpsleddogs.org/sponsors.htm on the bottom of the page.

ALL EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR IDITAROD SUPPORTERS - for easy sending, copy and paste as a bunch into your "Blind Copy" box. You may want to divide the block in half and email each group separately:

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SAMPLE LETTER:

Dear Iditarod Supporter:

I protest your organization's support of the Iditarod dog sled race. For the dogs, this barbaric event is a bottomless pit of suffering. What happens to them during the Iditarod includes death, paralysis, penile frostbite, bleeding ulcers, bloody diarrhea, lung damage, ruptured discs, viral diseases and pneumonia. Please end your involvement in this cruel race.

In the Iditarod, dogs are forced to run 1,150 miles, which is the approximate distance between Miami, Florida and New York City. 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.

Throughout this eight to 16-day competition, Iditarod personnel encourage mushers to race diseased dogs. Instead of pulling sick dogs from the race, veterinarians frequently give them massive doses of antibiotics to keep them running.

Veterinarians also work to help the mushers before the Iditarod begins. Although the dogs are often sick, veterinarians allow them to start the race anyway. One chief Iditarod veterinarian even published a musher/veterinary handbook advising mushers on how to avoid having prohibited substances detected in pre-race veterinary checks.

At least 130 dogs have died in the Iditarod. No one knows how many dogs die after this tortuous ordeal or during training.

On average, 52 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
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 Company (Fred Meyer Stores)
Email: [email protected]

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

Chevron 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]

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

Peninsula Airways, Inc. (Pen Air)
Email: [email protected]

Alaska Brewing Company
Email: [email protected]

The City of Anchorage
Email: [email protected]

The City of Nome
Email: [email protected]

5th Avenue Mall (Simon Property Group)
Email: [email protected]

Horizon Lines
Email: [email protected]

City of Wasilla
Email: [email protected]

Network Appliance, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

General Communication, Inc. (GCI)
Email: [email protected]

IDITAROD PROMOTERS:

NBC Universal (GE -General Electric Company owns 80%)
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

NBC Universal (Vivendi - owns 20%)
Email: [email protected]

Glamour Magazine (Conde Nast Publications - Advance Publications)
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

NPR (National Public Radio)
Email [email protected]

Houghton Mifflin Company
Email: [email protected]

American Way Magazine -American Airlines (AMR Corporaton)
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Travel Channel (Discover Communications, Inc.)
Email: [email protected]

Elderhostel
Email: [email protected]

Living on Earth
Email: [email protected]

Lilly Oncology (Eli Lilly and Company)
Email: [email protected]

PBS Nature
Email: [email protected]

PBS Reading Rainbow
Email: [email protected]

PBS TeacherSource
Email: [email protected]

Cruise West
Email: [email protected]

Playroom Entertainment, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Riverboat Discovery
Email: [email protected]

Women's Sports Foundation
Email: [email protected]

TIME for Kids
Email: [email protected]

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

Scholastic Corporation
Email: [email protected]

Workman Publishing Company
Email: [email protected]

Girl Scouts of the USA
Email: [email protected]

Morton Arboretum
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

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

Hawaiian Vacations
Email: [email protected]

University of Alaska Anchorage
Email: [email protected]

Fodors (Random House)
Email: [email protected]

IDITAROD BUSINESS PARTNERS:

Alaska Timberwolf Journeys & Tours
Email: [email protected]

Grand View Inn & Suites
Email: [email protected]

Alaska Kayak Academy
Email: [email protected]

Alaska Native Arts Foundation
Email: [email protected]

Alaska Vacation Store
Email: [email protected]

Alaska Discovery RV Tours
Email: [email protected]

Alaska Splendor Limousines
Email: [email protected]

Fishtale River Guides
Email: [email protected]

Litzen Guide Service
Email: [email protected]

Outer Limits Alaska
Email: [email protected]

Talkeetna Air Taxi
Email: [email protected]

David Totten's Online Gallery
Email: [email protected]

MUSHER SPONSORS:

Marsh (Marsh & McLennan Companies)
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Nutro Products, Inc.
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

7-UP (Cadbury Schweppes plc)
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Equitable Life & Casualty Insurance Company
Email: [email protected]

HANES (Hanesbrands, Inc.)
Email: [email protected]

Energizer Batteries
Email: [email protected]

Royal Canin (Mars/Masterfoods owns 56 percent of the company)
Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

The Dish Network
Email: [email protected]

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

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

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

Blockbuster Video
Email: [email protected]

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

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

Ace Hardware
Email: [email protected]

Amerigas (UGI Corporation)
Email: [email protected]

Polaris Industries Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Sportsman's Warehouse
Email: [email protected]

Batteries Plus
Email: [email protected]

Great Alaskan Bush Company
Email: [email protected]

Frontier Flying Service, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Trapper's Creek Smoking Company
Email: [email protected]

Meierís Lake Roadhouse
Email: [email protected]

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Email: [email protected]

Alaska Frontier Gardens Bed & Breakfast
Email: [email protected]

Kantishna Wilderness Trails
Email: [email protected]

Holy Dog Ranch
Email: [email protected]

Maclaren River Lodge
Email: [email protected]

Gotta Fish Charters
Email: [email protected]

Oomingmak
Email: [email protected]

Kaladi Brothers Coffee Company
Email: [email protected]

Tracks of Alaska Photography
Email: [email protected]

Clam Gulch Lodge
Email: [email protected]

North Slope Restaurant and Saloon
Email:[email protected]

Wright Air Service
Email: [email protected]

Alaskan Discovery RV Tours, Ltd.
Email: [email protected]

Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites
Email: [email protected]

Homer Stage Line
Email: [email protected]

Pasty Factory
Email: [email protected]

Alaska Icefield Expeditions
Email: [email protected]

Raspberry Island Remote Camps
Email:[email protected]

University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN
Email: [email protected]

Tweed Museum of Art
Email: [email protected]

Intervet (Akzo Nobel)
Email: [email protected]

Barker-Ewing River Trips
Email: [email protected]

Colorado Altitude Training
Email: [email protected]

REDCOM Laboratories, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

bGlobal, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Gartner Lee, Ltd.
Email: [email protected]

Tram Bars
Email: [email protected]

Princeton Tec
Email: [email protected]

Trophy Glove Company
Email: [email protected]

Snake River Brewing
Email: [email protected]

Trixsyn (Cogent Solutions Group LLC.)
Email: [email protected]

The Outfitter
Email: [email protected]

ND Industries
Email: [email protected]

Ursa wagons
Email: [email protected]

Great Lakes GeoScience
Email: [email protected]

Belleville Recorder
Email: [email protected]

World Tang Soo Do Association
Email: [email protected]

AE Light (Allsman Enterprises, LLC)
Email: [email protected]

Western Products
Email: [email protected]

PJ Operating Corp.
Email: [email protected]

Folkestone Inn Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers
Email: [email protected]

Hughes Seafood Company, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Arco Coffee (Andresen-Ryan Coffee Co.)
Email: [email protected]

Empire Canvas Works
Email: [email protected]

Macgellan.com
Email: [email protected]

Wiggy's, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Jupiter Solutions
Email: [email protected]

Colorado Cross Roads Bed & Breakfast
Email: [email protected]

United Railroad Materials
Email: [email protected]

Krabloonik Kennels
Email: [email protected]

Teamdiel
Email: [email protected]

Globetrotter.de
Email: [email protected]

Immunocorp
Email: [email protected]

Via Scandinavia
Email: [email protected]

Kamik
Email: [email protected]

Bynje
Email: [email protected]

Noraid
Email: [email protected]

Vi sees
Email: [email protected]

Deland Middle School
Email: [email protected]

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