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Animals In Print
The On-Line Newsletter

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:

msft@microsoft.com, jdunn@na.ko.com, obrown@b-f.com, randy_siegel@parade.com, tricon.investor@tricon-yum.com,

jbeyersdorfer@smurfit.com, jclark@sundancespas.com, chbriscoe@rochester.k12.mn.us, Investor_Relations@avid.com,

eniva@eniva.com, redpaw@cheqnet.net, info@viobinusa.com, neisgar2@trilink.k12.wi.us, sales@gitsat.com

OLD (previously given) 2003 promoters:

Elizabeth.Wade@DaimlerChrysler.com, NewsOutback@OUTBACK.com, hhc@memo.acehardware.com, marketing@mill-cop.com, investorrelations@wellsfargo.com, investors@kroger.com,

media@carnival.com, invest@chevrontexaco.com,

consumeraffairs@hain-celestial.com, enterprise.comments@exxonmobil.com, newsroom@alaskaair.com, dave.dunnewald@coors.com, ptalamantes@mcclatchy.com, info@wcclp.com, MButler@providence.org, Customer.Service@cabelas.com, info@comtec.com, jfahey@ngs.org, stephen.sanger@generalmills.com, mstewart@marthastewart.com, investor_relations@scholastic.com, info@baincap.com, Shareholder.Relations@pepsi.com, agilmour@ford.com, john.devine@gm.com, shareholders.im@pg.com, nationalaccounts@amerigas.com, IRglobal@goldprospectors.org, melissa.thompson@meristar.com, jthompson@shaklee.com, mail@northernoutfitters.com, superintendent@pps.k12.or.us, WCavalier@bmcmortgage.com, service@bookmobile.com, info@teckcominco.com, discoverywww@iquest.net, bllindskog@seattleschools.org, joyce@udelhoveninternational.com, phenry@phcp.com, brookpark@msdlt.k12.in.us, custfeedback@oc.com, asc_mkt@americanseafoods.com, bonnie_ingraham@mcs.k12.in.us, customerservice@mosquitomagnet.com, info@annamaet.com, jdc@eaglepack.com, info@breg.com, rambler@cariboucreekgold.com, cymbainc@aol.com, info@dogbooties.com, info@coldspotfeeds.com, international@grabberwarmers.com, taplowf@firstmate.com, evy@kumpi.com, info@blackwoodpetfood.com, info@batteries.com, ryoung@pheasantsforever.org, caninecaviar@caninecaviar.com, nelsonmfg@uswest.net, Bruce_Anderson@csaa.com, James_Pouliot@csaa.com

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

Dear

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.

Sincerely,

NEW 2003 RACE SPONSORS

Coca-Cola, North America
Email: jdunn@na.ko.com  

Jack Daniels (Brown-Forman Corp.)
Email: obrown@b-f.com  

Smurfit-Stone Recycling (Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation)
Email: jbeyersdorfer@smurfit.com  

Sundance Spas
Email: jclark@sundancespas.com  

Global Information Technologies
Email: sales@gitsat.com  

AVID
Email: Investor_Relations@avid.com  

NEW 2003 RACE PROMOTER:

Parade Magazine (promoted Iditarod in article)
Email: randy_siegel@parade.com  

NEW 2003 MUSHER SPONSORS:

Microsoft
Email: msft@microsoft.com  

Taco Bell/Denali Foods (Franchisor: Yum! Brands)
Email: tricon.investor@tricon-yum.com  

Benton Elementary School
Email: neisgar2@trilink.k12.wi.us  

Century High School
Email: chbriscoe@rochester.k12.mn.us  

Rex Wheat Germ Oil (Viobin Corporation)
A Division of McShares, Inc.
Email: info@viobinusa.com  

ENIVA
Email: eniva@eniva.com  

Redpaw Feeds
Email: redpaw@cheqnet.net  

OLD 2003 RACE SPONSORS

Daimler Chrysler
Email: Elizabeth.Wade@DaimlerChrysler.com  

Outback Steakhouse
Email NewsOutback@OUTBACK.com  

Ace Hardware Corporation
Email: hhc@memo.acehardware.com  

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels
Email: marketing@mill-cop.com  

Wells Fargo & Company
Email: investorrelations@wellsfargo.com  

Kroger Co.
Email: investors@kroger.com  

Carnival Corporation
Email: media@carnival.com  

ChevronTexaco Corp.
Email: invest@chevrontexaco.com  

Exxon Mobil Corp.
Email: enterprise.comments@exxonmobil.com  

Alaska Air Group
Email: newsroom@alaskaair.com  

Coors Brewing Company
Email: dave.dunnewald@coors.com  

Mc Clatchy Company
Email: ptalamantes@mcclatchy.com  

World Communication Center
Email: info@wcclp.com  

Providence Health System
Email: MButler@providence.org  

Cabelas
Email: Customer.Service@cabelas.com  

Comtec Business Systems
Email: info@comtec.com  

OLD 2003 RACE PROMOTERS

National Geographic Society (website webcast promotion)
Email: jfahey@ngs.org  

General Mills (sponsors Geographic's race promotion)
Email: stephen.sanger@generalmills.com  

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. (website promotion)
Email: mstewart@marthastewart.com  

Scholastic Corporation (promotes the race to children)
Email: investor_relations@scholastic.com  

Bain Capital (co-owner Houghton Mifflin, promotes the race to children)
Email: info@baincap.com  

Thomas H. Lee Co. (co-owner Houghton Mifflin, promotes the race to children)
Phone: 617-227-1050

VIA Magazine (promoted Iditarod in article)
Email: Bruce_Anderson@csaa.com

California State Automobile Association (publishes VIA Magazine)
Email: James_Pouliot@csaa.com  

OLD 2003 MUSHER SPONSORS

PepsiCo (Pepsi Bottling Group)
Email: Shareholder.Relations@pepsi.com  

Hain-Celestial Group
Email: consumeraffairs@hain-celestial.com  

Ford Motor Company
Email: agilmour@ford.com  

General Motors
Email: john.devine@gm.com  

Procter & Gamble (Iams)
shareholders.im@pg.com  

AmeriGas
Email: nationalaccounts@amerigas.com  

Outdoor Channel
Email: IRglobal@goldprospectors.org  

MeriStar Hospitality Corp. (Sheraton)
Email: melissa.thompson@meristar.com  

Shaklee Corporation
Email: jthompson@shaklee.com  

Northern Outfitters
Email: mail@northernoutfitters.com  

Applegate Elementary
Email: superintendent@pps.k12.or.us  

BMC Mortgage
Email: WCavalier@bmcmortgage.com  

BookMobile
Email: service@bookmobile.com  

Teck Cominco Limited
Email: info@teckcominco.com  

Montessori Discovery School
Email: discoverywww@iquest.net  

McGilvra Elementary
Email: bllindskog@seattleschools.org  

Udelhoven Companies
Email: joyce@udelhoveninternational.com  

Patrick Henry Creative Promotions
Email: phenry@phcp.com  

Brookpark Elementary School
Email: brookpark@msdlt.k12.in.us  

OpenConnect Systems
Email: custfeedback@oc.com  

American Seafoods Group
Email: asc_mkt@americanseafoods.com

Manchester Elementary School
Email: bonnie_ingraham@mcs.k12.in.us  

American Biophysics Corp.
Email: customerservice@mosquitomagnet.com  

Annamaet Petfoods
Email: info@annamaet.com  

Eagle Premium Pet Foods/Eagle Pet Products, Inc.
Email: jdc@eaglepack.com  

Breg, Inc.
Email: info@breg.com  

Caribou Creek Gold Dog Food
Email: rambler@cariboucreekgold.com  

Cymba.com
Email: cymbainc@aol.com  

Dogbooties.com (a division of Arrowhead Fabric)
Email: info@dogbooties.com  

Cold Spot Feeds
Email: info@coldspotfeeds.com  

Grabber Performance Group
Email: international@grabberwarmers.com  

FirstMate Pet Foods (Taplow Feeds)
Email: taplowf@firstmate.com  

Kumpi Dog Food (Spirit Filled Foods)
Email: evy@kumpi.com  

Blackwood Dog Food
Email: info@blackwoodpetfood.com  

Batteries.com
Email: info@batteries.com  

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

Canine Caviar
Email: caninecaviar@caninecaviar.com  

Pheasants Forever
Email: ryoung@pheasantsforever.org  

Nelson Mfg.
Email: nelsonmfg@uswest.net

Seaside Club of Plymouth
Phone: 508-746-8913

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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