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Originally Posted: 19 Jan 2009

Save Iditarod Dogs from Brutality - WRITE

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


Imagine the cruelties these cute sled dog pups will eventually experience in the Iditarod.

Contact information, email blocks and sample letter are below.

Please help end the barbaric treatment of dogs by sending protest emails to organizations that support the Iditarod. What happens to the dogs during the Iditarod includes death, paralysis, frostbite (where it hurts the most!), bleeding ulcers, bloody diarrhea, lung damage, pneumonia, ruptured discs, viral diseases, broken bones, torn muscles and tendons and sprains.

Dog beatings and whippings are common. During the 2007 Iditarod, eyewitnesses reported that musher Ramy Brooks kicked, punched and beat his dogs with a ski pole and a chain. Jim Welch says in his book Speed Mushing Manual, "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..."

Iditarod dog kennels are puppy mills. Mushers breed large numbers of dogs and routinely kill unwanted ones, 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, drowned or clubbed to death.

When they're not hauling people, most Iditarod dogs are forced to live at the end of a chain. It has been reported that dogs who don't make the main team are never taken off-chain. Chained dogs have been attacked by wolves, bears and other animals. Old and arthritic dogs suffer terrible pain in the blistering cold.

Most Internet service providers allow people to send up to 40 email addresses
at a time. For your convenience, the addresses have been divided into groups
of 40. Please email the first group first. Individual email addresses are
given under the sample letter. The groups contain addresses for the Iditarod
sponsors, promoters, and the sponsors of the 73 mushers who signed up for the 2009 Iditarod. Email blocks with semicolons are on
http://www.helpsleddogs.org/sponsors.htm

GROUP ONE EMAIL ADDRESSES:

[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], betsy.o'[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

GROUP TWO EMAIL ADDRESSES:

[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

GROUP THREE EMAIL ADDRESSES:

[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], mors[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected],
[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected],
[email protected], [email protected], [email protected],
[email protected], [email protected], [email protected],
[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

GROUP FOUR EMAIL ADDRESSES:

[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected],
[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

SAMPLE LETTER (Please personalize the letter.):

Dear Iditarod Supporter:

Please end your organization's support of the Iditarod dog sled race. For the
dogs, this event is a bottomless pit of suffering. What happens to the dogs during the Iditarod includes death, paralysis, frostbite (where it hurts the most!), bleeding ulcers, bloody diarrhea, lung damage, pneumonia, ruptured discs, viral diseases, broken bones, torn muscles and tendons and sprains. At least 136 dogs have died in the race. No one knows how many dogs die after this tortuous ordeal or during training. For more facts about the Iditarod, visit the Sled Dog Action Coalition website, http://www.helpsleddogs.org

On average, 53 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 finish, 81 percent have lung damage. A report published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine said that 61 percent of the dogs who complete the Iditarod have ulcers versus zero percent pre-race.

Iditarod dog kennels are puppy mills. Mushers breed large numbers of dogs and routinely kill unwanted ones, 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, drowned or clubbed to death. "Dogs are clubbed with baseball bats and if they don't pull are dragged to death in harnesses....." wrote former Iditarod dog handler Mike Cranford in an article for Alaska's Bush Blade Newspaper.

Dog beatings and whippings are common. During the 2007 Iditarod, eyewitnesses reported that musher Ramy Brooks kicked, punched and beat his dogs with a ski pole and a chain. Jim Welch says in his book Speed Mushing Manual, "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..."

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."

During the race, veterinarians do not give the dogs physical exams at every
checkpoint. Mushers speed through many checkpoints, so the dogs get the
briefest visual checks, if that. Instead of pulling sick dogs from the race,
veterinarians frequently give them massive doses of antibiotics to keep them running.

Most Iditarod dogs are forced to live at the end of a chain when they aren't hauling people around. It has been reported that dogs who don't make the main team are never taken off-chain. Chained dogs have been attacked by wolves, bears and other animals. Old and arthritic dogs suffer terrible pain in the blistering cold.

Please end your organization's association with this horrific race.

Sincerely,

Iditarod sponsors

K & L Distributors, Inc. (AB-Inbev distributor)
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Cabelas
Email: [email protected]

Chrysler (Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.)
Email: [email protected]

Coca-Cola
Email: [email protected]

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Wells Fargo & Company
Email: [email protected]

Kroger Company (Fred Meyer Stores)
Email: [email protected]

Spenard Builders
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], [email protected]

Crowley Maritime Corporation
Email: [email protected]

Anton/Bauer, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Anchorage Municipal Light and Power
Email: [email protected]

Alcan Signs
Email:[email protected]

World Communication Center
Email: [email protected]

Alaska Serigraphics
Email: [email protected]

Electrochem Commercial Power (Greatbatch, Ltd.)
Email: [email protected]

IonEarth
Email: [email protected]

Iditarod Promoters

Target Corporation Target Corporation
E-mail: [email protected]

Harcourt School Publishers
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Carnival Corporation
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Houghton Mifflin Company
Email: [email protected]

Discovery Network (Discovery Communications, LLC; Discovery Holding Company)
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Scholastic Corporation
Email: [email protected]

Renegade Pictures
Email: [email protected]

The New York Times
Email: [email protected]

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (NBC-TV)
Email: [email protected]

Zoasis Corporation
Email: [email protected]

Diamond Brand Outdoors
Email: [email protected]

Sports Illustrated
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]

Carolina Day School
Email: [email protected]

Lilac Services for the Blind
Email: [email protected]

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Northwest Chapter
Email: [email protected]

The Council of State Governments
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Florida Association for Media in Education
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

AAA of California
Email: [email protected]

United States Postal Service
Email: [email protected]

American Physiological Society
Email: [email protected]

The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Email: [email protected]

William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund
Email: [email protected]

Foundation for Greater New Haven
Email: [email protected]

Home & Garden Television (Scripps Networks)
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Scott & Todd in the Morning WPLJ - NYC
Email: [email protected]

World News with Charles Gibson (ABC-TV)
Email: [email protected]

IndependentTraveler.com
Email: [email protected]

dLife TV Network
Email: [email protected]

AARP The Magazine
Email: [email protected]

Hamilton County Parks
Email: [email protected]

Fall City Elementary School PTSA
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Tournament of Roses
Email: [email protected]

MC Perry Elementary
Email: [email protected]

Fort Braden School
Email: [email protected]

Southern Fulton Elementary
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Country Parkway Elementary School
Email: [email protected]

Prairie Rose Elementary School
Email: [email protected]

Mount Pleasant Middle School
Email: [email protected]

Pompano Beach Middle School
Email: [email protected]

Johnnycake Elementary School
Email:[email protected]

Clearfield Elementary School
Email: [email protected]

Buchanan-Verplanck Elementary School
Email: [email protected]

American Urban Radio Network
Email: [email protected]

KOMO-AM Seattle
Email: [email protected]

WALR-AM Atlanta )
Email: [email protected]

WNWV-FM
Email: [email protected]

WICC-AM
Email: [email protected]

Advocate Magazine (Indiana State Teacher's Association)
Email: [email protected]

Fred J. Hums Elementary School
Email: [email protected]

Musher sponsors

Intervet (Schering-Plough)
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Hawthorne Suites (Wyndham Hotel Group)
Email: betsy.o'[email protected]

Columbia Sportswear Company
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Alaska Army National Guard
Email: [email protected]

Rotary International
Email: [email protected]

Medtronic
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Harley-Davidson, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Toyota Motor Corporation
Email: [email protected]

Leer, Inc. (J.B. Poindexter & Co., Inc.)
Email: [email protected]

Coastal Helicopters, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

7-up (Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.)
Email: [email protected]

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

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

Blockbuster Video
Email: [email protected]

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

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

Batteries Plus
Email: [email protected]

Oomingmak
Email: [email protected]

Kaladi Brothers Coffee Company
Email: [email protected]

Tracks of Alaska Photography
Email: [email protected]

Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites
Email: [email protected]

Alaska Icefield Expeditions
Email: [email protected]

Colorado Altitude Training
Email: [email protected]

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

bGlobal, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

ND Industries
Email: [email protected]

Western Products
Email: [email protected]

Macgellan.com
Email: [email protected]

Eagle Pack
Email: [email protected]

Sportees Activewear
Email: [email protected]

The Black Dog Tavern Co.
Email: [email protected]

FogTech (Motosolutions)
Email: [email protected]

Redpaw Feed
Email: [email protected]

Kamik
Email: [email protected]

Bynje
Email: [email protected]

Vi sees
Email: [email protected]

Macrogard (Immunocorp)
Email: [email protected]

Teck Cominco
Email: [email protected]

GoNorth Alaska Travel Center
Email: [email protected]

Diabetes Sports and Wellness Foundation
Email: [email protected]

The Standard Insurance Company (StanCorp Financial Group, Inc.)
Email: [email protected]

Lynden Incorporated
Email: [email protected]

General Physics Corp. (GP General Strategies Corp.)
Email: [email protected]

Dairy Farmers of Washington
Email: [email protected]

Camrud, Maddock, Olson & Larson, Ltd.
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

National Lake Rescue Institute
Email: [email protected]

Azumano Travel
Email: [email protected]

Sabold Elementary School
Email: [email protected]

Flexitol (Laderma)
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

LCITW.com
Email: [email protected]

Frelinghuysen Middle School
Email: [email protected]

Longo Electrical & Mechanical
Email: [email protected]

JetBoil, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Cold Avenger (Talus Outdoor Technologies)
Email: [email protected]

Port Gamble
Email: [email protected]

Albert & Slater, P.S.
Email: [email protected]

Epicenter Press
Email: [email protected]

Trabits Group, LLC P.O.
Email: [email protected]

Trapper Creek Smoking Company
Email: [email protected]

Ben Reel Productions
Email: [email protected]

Canada Goose
Email: [email protected]

Tracks of Alaska
Email: [email protected]

Alpine Lodge - Fairbanks
Email: [email protected]

The Eldorado Hotel
Email: [email protected]

Michael Bertrand Photography
Email: [email protected]

Janssen Funeral Homes, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Richard Crosby, DDS
Email: [email protected]

Little Cabin in the Woods
Email: [email protected]

Great River Journey Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Queo Media
Email: [email protected]

East Bradford Elementary School
Email: [email protected]

Vertikal Press
E-mail: [email protected]

MTA
Email: [email protected]

Wigwam Mills
Email: [email protected]

Vom og hindemat
Email: [email protected]

Susitna River Lodging
Email: [email protected]

Mahays Riverboat Service
Email: [email protected]

David McGuire, MD
Email: [email protected]

Diamond Cape Charters
Email: [email protected]

Latitude 62 Motel
Email: [email protected]

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Email: [email protected]

Talkeetna River Guides & Rafters, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Talkeetna River Adventures (Talkeetna RV LLC)
Email: [email protected]

Talkeetna Aero Services, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Teamster Local 959
Email: [email protected]

Usibelli Coal Mine
Email: [email protected]

Homer Stage Line
Email: [email protected]

Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Email: [email protected]

Kenai Chrysler
Email: [email protected]

Frontier Flying Service
Email: [email protected]

Udelhoven Companies
Email: [email protected]

Kenai River Seafoods
Email: [email protected]

The Crossing Restaurant
Email: [email protected]

Mammut
Email: [email protected]

Arctic Midnight Furs
Email: [email protected]

Horizon Lines, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Midnight Sun Brewing
Email: [email protected]

Grabber Hand Warmers
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Wiggy's Outdoor Gear
Email: [email protected]

United Dairymen of Idaho
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

 

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