Animals In Print
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From 24 February 2003 Issue
UPDATED ALERT - PLEASE CROSS POST
From The Sled Dog Action Coalition, http://www.helpsleddogs.org
The dogs used in the 1,150 mile Iditarod dog sled race need you to tell Microsoft, Coca-Cola and other new Iditarod promoters not to support dog torture.
The torture begins in the Iditarod puppy mills where dogs are permanently tethered on 4 to 5 foot chains, living in their own fecal material. Mushers breed large numbers of dogs, and kill the unwanted ones with a shot to the head. Death by gunshot can be terribly painful.
During the race, dogs fall injured, ill and die, sometimes from neglected ulcers, heart failure, pneumonia and from eating contaminated food.
Please stand up for the dogs and tell the promoters not to support this barbarism. Below is a list of NEW (as of two weeks ago) and OLD 2003 promoters and a sample letter. The Sled Dog Action Coalition is careful to document the race involvement of each organization listed.
Emails are first given in block form separately for the NEW and the OLD promoters, followed by a sample letter. Emails for NEW and OLD 2003 promoters are given separately under the sample letter.
NEW (as of two weeks ago) 2003 promoters:
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Investor_Relations@avid.com,
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
OLD (previously given) 2003 promoters:
Elizabeth.Wade@DaimlerChrysler.com, NewsOutback@OUTBACK.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, MButler@providence.org, Customer.Service@cabelas.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Shareholder.Relations@pepsi.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, IRglobal@goldprospectors.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, WCavalier@bmcmortgage.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Bruce_Anderson@csaa.com, James_Pouliot@csaa.com
PLEASE PERSONALIZE SAMPLE LETTER (If you will be boycotting, please say so.):
I understand your organization is associated with the Iditarod, and I would like 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 over a grueling terrain in 8 to 14 days, which is the approximate distance between Orlando and New York City. 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."
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 .
At least 119 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.
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."
Iditarod dogs are unhappy prisoners with no chance of parole. Please end your organization's association with the Iditarod dog sled race.
Until I see that it has been noted you won't sponsor the Iditarod Race I shall not buy your products and will encourage others to do the same.
NEW 2003 RACE SPONSORS
Coca-Cola, North America
Jack Daniels (Brown-Forman Corp.)
Smurfit-Stone Recycling (Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation)
Global Information Technologies
NEW 2003 RACE PROMOTER:
Parade Magazine (promoted Iditarod in article)
NEW 2003 MUSHER SPONSORS:
Taco Bell/Denali Foods (Franchisor: Yum! Brands)
Benton Elementary School
Century High School
Rex Wheat Germ Oil (Viobin Corporation)
A Division of McShares, Inc.
OLD 2003 RACE SPONSORS
Ace Hardware Corporation
Millennium & Copthorne Hotels
Wells Fargo & Company
Exxon Mobil Corp.
Alaska Air Group
Coors Brewing Company
Mc Clatchy Company
World Communication Center
Providence Health System
Comtec Business Systems
OLD 2003 RACE PROMOTERS
National Geographic Society (website webcast promotion)
General Mills (sponsors Geographic's race promotion)
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. (website promotion)
Scholastic Corporation (promotes the race to children)
Bain Capital (co-owner Houghton Mifflin, promotes the race to children)
Thomas H. Lee Co. (co-owner Houghton Mifflin, promotes the race to children)
VIA Magazine (promoted Iditarod in article)
California State Automobile Association (publishes VIA Magazine)
OLD 2003 MUSHER SPONSORS
PepsiCo (Pepsi Bottling Group)
Ford Motor Company
Procter & Gamble (Iams)
MeriStar Hospitality Corp. (Sheraton)
Teck Cominco Limited
Montessori Discovery School
Patrick Henry Creative Promotions
Brookpark Elementary School
American Seafoods Group
Manchester Elementary School
American Biophysics Corp.
Eagle Premium Pet Foods/Eagle Pet Products, Inc.
Caribou Creek Gold Dog Food
Dogbooties.com (a division of Arrowhead Fabric)
Cold Spot Feeds
Grabber Performance Group
FirstMate Pet Foods (Taplow Feeds)
Kumpi Dog Food (Spirit Filled Foods)
Blackwood Dog Food
Toll free phone: 1-877-7-Sofast
Seaside Club of Plymouth
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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