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Animals In Print
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From 22 June 2006 Issue

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

On June 7, Saint Anne's Hospital in Fall River, Massachusetts is hyping the Iditarod by having race musher DeeDee Jonrowe speak at its Cancer Survivor Day. In 2002, Jonrowe's dog Mark died during the Iditarod from a bleeding ulcer. According to Dr. Paula Kislak, President of the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights, "Perforations don't occur acutely. They occur over days to weeks to months. At times, the actual rupture may occur acutely but signs should have been evident--lack of interest in food, more vomiting than normal, discomfort in the abdominal area. There would be signs detectable before the actual rupture." In short, Jonrowe ignored Mark's pain and suffering and forced him to race in the Iditarod.

Saint Anne's Hospital is a member of Caritas Christi Health Care, the second largest not-for-profit health system in New England.

Please tell Saint Anne's Hospital that animal abuse is never inspirational. Ask them to cancel Jonrowe's talk.

EMAIL: sahmail@cchcs.org , wendy.bauer@caritaschristi.org , anne.ferreira@caritaschristi.org , robin.sheehan@caritaschristi.org 

SAMPLE LETTER:

Dear

Everyday women diagnosed with breast cancer overcome obstacles to lead positive lives. These unsung heroes do this without jeopardizing the lives and the welfare of innocent animals. People who abuse animals are not inspirational, which is why I am asking you to cancel the talk by Iditarod musher DeeDee Jonrowe.

Here's a short list of what happens to the dogs during the Iditarod: 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 and lung damage.

On the average, 53 percent of the dogs who start the Iditarod do not make it across the finish line. According to a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, of those who do finish, 81 percent have lung damage. The Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine reported that 61 percent of the dogs who finish the Iditarod have ulcers versus zero percent pre-race. For more information about the Iditarod, visit the Sled Dog Action Coalition website, http://www.helpsleddogs.org .

In 2002, Jonrowe's dog Mark died during the Iditarod from a bleeding ulcer. According to Dr. Paula Kislak, President of the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights, "Perforations don't occur acutely. They occur over days to weeks to months. At times, the actual rupture may occur acutely but signs should have been evident--lack of interest in food, more vomiting than normal, discomfort in the abdominal area. There would be signs detectable before the actual rupture." In short, Jonrowe ignored Mark's pain and suffering and forced him to race.

There is something morally wrong about humans having dogs do harmful things like racing in the Iditarod. Don't promote this horrific race. Cancel Jonrowe's speech.

Sincerely,

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