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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:

marianne.amssoms@inbev.com, investor@discoveryholdingcompany.com, John_Ford@discovery.com, Darien_e.wilson@roche.com, investorrelations@columbia.com, investor.relations@medtronic.com, executive-editor@nytimes.com, rick.ludwin@nbcuni.com, info@dlife.com, corporate_communications@hmco.com, investorrelations@target.com, aly.noormohamed@dpsg.com, rick.blake@harcourt.com, rosepr@rosemail.org, aarpmagazine@aarp.org, Anne.sweeney@disney.com, rick.ludwin@nbcuni.com, lee.davies@spcorp.com, wayne.hearn@rotary.org, betsy.o'rourke@wyndhamworldwide.com, info@renegadepictures.co.uk, mark.kroeger@scrippsnetworks.com, Christopher.Gay@cabelas.com, charlene.jagannath@millenniumhotels.co.uk, karen_dmochowsky@timeinc.com, jlopes@aurn.com, tedronneburger@680thefan.com, PDoyle@adn.com, roy.a.betts@usps.gov, info@zoasis.com, Shareholders.IM@pg.com, corporate.communications@blockbuster.com, mary.dillon@us.mcd.com, yum.investor@yum.com, mike.morgan@harley-davidson.com, toyota_cares@toyota.com, sarah.palin@alaska.gov, Virginia.Q.Sanchez@shell.com, tmattia@na.ko.com, Catherine.Gacad@wellsfargo.com

GROUP TWO EMAIL ADDRESSES:

Catherine.Gacad@wellsfargo.com, rabello@hollandamerica.com, jbenson@princesscruises.com, investor_relations@scholastic.com, biorigin@biorigin.com.br, kroger.investors@kroger.com, media@cerberuscapital.com, Spring.Jeffrey@aaa-calif.com, editor@independenttraveler.com, newsroom@alaskaair.com, bigshow@plj.com, comments@komo1000news.com, angie@wnwv.com, curt.hansen@cumulus.com, jpenchoff@csg.org, info@floridamedia.org, bspeltz@standard.com, info@havemilk.com, cstorey@udidaho.org, pubaffmr@chevrontexaco.com, enterprise.comments@exxonmobil.com, investor.relations@horizonlines.com, investor_relations@netapp.com, rwhatley@jbpco.com, info@sportees.com, abbietaylor@theblackdog.com, gene@motosolutions.com, information@lynden.com, info@havemilk.com, ablank@gpworldwide.com, info@laderma.com.au, Ethel.Minchello@MSDK12.net, info@eLongo.com, customerservice@jetboil.com, info@talusoutdoortech.com, portgamble@orminc.com, lat62@alaska.net, boardofdirectors@horizonlines.com, info@lake-rescue.org, info@canada-goose.com, nschnell@ista-in.org

GROUP THREE EMAIL ADDRESSES:

reservations@akalpinelodge.com, info@vertikal.net, post@vomoghundemat.no, mahays@mtaonline.net, kneern@pobox.alaska.net, raft@talkeetnariverguides.com, morsecin@ssd.k12.pa.us, morsecin@ssd.k12.pa.us, mfrank@the-aps.org, cherylm@lilacblind.org, MBenedetti@greatbatch.com, pmaddock@camrudlaw.com, principal.perryes@pac.dodea.edu, jacksonj@mail.leon.k12.fl.us, ktrail@sfsd.k12.pa.us, lmilitello@williamsvillek12.org, michele_svihovec@bismarckschools.org, streadaw@cabarrus.k12.nc.us,
sonja.braziel@browardschools.com, mmaddox2@bcps.org, jquick@clearfield.org, LHall@henhudschools.org, info@fcesptsa.org, info@crosbysmiles.com, info@janssenfuneralhomes.com,
info@trapperscreek.com, office@toughdivorces.com, alaskarv@mtaonline.net,
fishhomer@gmail.com, info@talkeetnalodge.com, alaskarv@mtaonline.net,
awp@co.hamilton.in.us, media@aecf.org, davidnee@wcgmf.org, wginsberg@cfgnh.org, natas@asi-seattle.net, wendy@diamondbrand.com, webmaster@ionearth.com, wellingj@mishawaka.k12.in.us

GROUP FOUR EMAIL ADDRESSES:

info@teckcominco.com, info@inlettower.com, rodney.bolls@bglobal.us, info@ndindustries.com, bbroquet@gci.com, websales@antonbauer.com, wccinfo@wcclp.com, help@mtaonline.net, AskMLP@muni.org, investor_relations@netapp.com, msteele@eaglepack.com, info@frontierflying.com, fhees@alaskanbeer.com, info@penair.com, Mayor@ci.anchorage.ak.us, ircontact@simon.com, info@thecrossingrestaurant.net, info@midnightsunbrewing.com, info@canada-goose.com, mathew@mountainadventuretours.org, info@EpicenterPress.com, info@greatriverjourney.com, info@trabitsgroup.com, ruediger.henke@queo-media.com, ahelion@wcasd.net, lodging@mtaonline.net,
khabermann@mammut.ch, sales@handwarmers.com, info@coastalhelicopters.com, para@alaska.net, jay@dswf.org, info@azumano.com, manager@ci.nome.ak.us, info@penair.com, mayor@ci.wasilla.ak.us, resumes@crowley.com, Lbeck@udelhoven.com, sean.karin@alaska.net, socks@wigwam.com, rtraini@akteamsters.com

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: marianne.amssoms@inbev.com, fabio.spina@inbev.com

Cabelas
Email: Christopher.Gay@cabelas.com

Chrysler (Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.)
Email: media@cerberuscapital.com

Coca-Cola
Email: tmattia@na.ko.com

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels
Email: charlene.jagannath@millenniumhotels.co.uk, david.curtis-brignell@mill-cop.com

Wells Fargo & Company
Email: Catherine.Gacad@wellsfargo.com

Kroger Company (Fred Meyer Stores)
Email: kroger.investors@kroger.com

Spenard Builders
Email: ewaite@sbsalaska.com

Chevron Corportation
Email: pubaffmr@chevrontexaco.com

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

Anchorage Daily News (Mc Clatchy Company)
Email: PDoyle@adn.com

Providence Health System
Email: employment@providence.org

Alaska Airlines (Alaska Air Group)
Email: newsroom@alaskaair.com

Peninsula Airways, Inc. (Pen Air)
Email: info@penair.com

Alaska Brewing Company
Email: fhees@alaskanbeer.com
The City of Anchorage
Email: Mayor@ci.anchorage.ak.us

The City of Nome
Email: manager@ci.nome.ak.us

5th Avenue Mall (Simon Property Group)
Email: ircontact@simon.com

Horizon Lines
Email: investor.relations@horizonlines.com

City of Wasilla
Email: mayor@ci.wasilla.ak.us

Network Appliance, Inc.
Email: investor_relations@netapp.com

General Communication, Inc. (GCI)
Email: rcs@gci.com, bcs@gci.com

Crowley Maritime Corporation
Email: resumes@crowley.com

Anton/Bauer, Inc.
Email: websales@antonbauer.com

Anchorage Municipal Light and Power
Email: AskMLP@muni.org

Alcan Signs
Email:alcansigns@alaska.net

World Communication Center
Email: wccinfo@wcclp.com

Alaska Serigraphics
Email: dpowers@akserigraphics.com

Electrochem Commercial Power (Greatbatch, Ltd.)
Email: MBenedetti@greatbatch.com

IonEarth
Email: webmaster@ionearth.com

Iditarod Promoters

Target Corporation Target Corporation
E-mail: investorrelations@target.com

Harcourt School Publishers
Email: hbspcs@harcourt.com, rick.blake@harcourt.com

Carnival Corporation
Email: rabello@hollandamerica.com, jbenson@princesscruises.com

Houghton Mifflin Company
Email: investor_relations@hmco.com

Discovery Network (Discovery Communications, LLC; Discovery Holding Company)
Email: investor@discoveryholdingcompany.com, John_Ford@discovery.com

Scholastic Corporation
Email: investor_relations@scholastic.com

Renegade Pictures
Email: info@renegadepictures.co.uk

The New York Times
Email: executive-editor@nytimes.com

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (NBC-TV)
Email: rick.ludwin@nbcuni.com

Zoasis Corporation
Email: info@zoasis.com

Diamond Brand Outdoors
Email: wendy@diamondbrand.com

Sports Illustrated
Email: karen_dmochowsky@timeinc.com
Email: robert_broderick@timeinc.com

Carolina Day School
Email: bsgro@cdschool.org

Lilac Services for the Blind
Email: cherylm@lilacblind.org

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Northwest Chapter
Email: natas@asi-seattle.net

The Council of State Governments
Email: jpenchoff@csg.org, dsprague@csg.org

Florida Association for Media in Education
Email: info@floridamedia.org, buckysmom@tampabay.rr.com

AAA of California
Email: Spring.Jeffrey@aaa-calif.com

United States Postal Service
Email: roy.a.betts@usps.gov

American Physiological Society
Email: mfrank@the-aps.org

The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Email: media@aecf.org

William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund
Email: davidnee@wcgmf.org

Foundation for Greater New Haven
Email: wginsberg@cfgnh.org

Home & Garden Television (Scripps Networks)
Email: onair-ad@hgtv.com, mark.kroeger@scrippsnetworks.com

Scott & Todd in the Morning WPLJ - NYC
Email: bigshow@plj.com

World News with Charles Gibson (ABC-TV)
Email: Anne.sweeney@disney.com

IndependentTraveler.com
Email: editor@independenttraveler.com

dLife TV Network
Email: info@dlife.com

AARP The Magazine
Email: aarpmagazine@aarp.org

Hamilton County Parks
Email: awp@co.hamilton.in.us

Fall City Elementary School PTSA
Email: lori@cobbsweb.us, info@fcesptsa.org

Tournament of Roses
Email: rosepr@rosemail.org

MC Perry Elementary
Email: principal.perryes@pac.dodea.edu

Fort Braden School
Email: jacksonj@mail.leon.k12.fl.us

Southern Fulton Elementary
Email: ktrail@sfsd.k12.pa.us, rscott@sfsd.k12.pa.us

Country Parkway Elementary School
Email: lmilitello@williamsvillek12.org

Prairie Rose Elementary School
Email: michele_svihovec@bismarckschools.org

Mount Pleasant Middle School
Email: streadaw@cabarrus.k12.nc.us

Pompano Beach Middle School
Email: sonja.braziel@browardschools.com

Johnnycake Elementary School
Email:mmaddox2@bcps.org

Clearfield Elementary School
Email: jquick@clearfield.org

Buchanan-Verplanck Elementary School
Email: LHall@henhudschools.org

American Urban Radio Network
Email: jlopes@aurn.com

KOMO-AM Seattle
Email: comments@komo1000news.com

WALR-AM Atlanta )
Email: tedronneburger@680thefan.com

WNWV-FM
Email: angie@wnwv.com

WICC-AM
Email: curt.hansen@cumulus.com

Advocate Magazine (Indiana State Teacher's Association)
Email: nschnell@ista-in.org

Fred J. Hums Elementary School
Email: wellingj@mishawaka.k12.in.us

Musher sponsors

Intervet (Schering-Plough)
Email: lee.davies@spcorp.com, sabine.schueller@spcorp.com

F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd
Email: Darien_e.wilson@roche.com, basel.webmaster@roche.com

Hawthorne Suites (Wyndham Hotel Group)
Email: betsy.o'rourke@wyndhamworldwide.com

Columbia Sportswear Company
Email: investorrelations@columbia.com, rparham@columbia.com

Alaska Army National Guard
Email: sarah.palin@alaska.gov

Rotary International
Email: wayne.hearn@rotary.org

Medtronic
Email: investor.relations@medtronic.com, leaddirector@medtronic.com

Harley-Davidson, Inc.
Email: mike.morgan@harley-davidson.com

Toyota Motor Corporation
Email: toyota_cares@toyota.com

Leer, Inc. (J.B. Poindexter & Co., Inc.)
Email: rwhatley@jbpco.com

Coastal Helicopters, Inc.
Email: info@coastalhelicopters.com

7-up (Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.)
Email: aly.noormohamed@dpsg.com

Jiffy Lube International, Inc. (Shell Oil Company)
Email: Virginia.Q.Sanchez@shell.com, Mark.Quartermain@shell.com

Eukanuba/Iams (Procter & Gamble Company)
Email: Shareholders.IM@pg.com

Blockbuster Video
Email: corporate.communications@blockbuster.com

McDonalds Restaurants (McDonald Corporation)
Email: mary.dillon@us.mcd.com, walt.riker@us.mcd.com

Taco Bell (Yum! Brands, Inc.)
Email: yum.investor@yum.com

Batteries Plus
Email: customersupport@batteriesplus.com

Oomingmak
Email: qiviut@gci.net

Kaladi Brothers Coffee Company
Email: sales@kaladi.com

Tracks of Alaska Photography
Email: traxak@clearwire.net

Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites
Email: info@inlettower.com

Alaska Icefield Expeditions
Email: info@akdogtour.com

Colorado Altitude Training
Email: ryoung@altitudetraining.com

J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
Email: jbilitz@jjkeller.com

bGlobal, Inc.
Email: rodney.bolls@bglobal.us

ND Industries
Email: info@ndindustries.com

Western Products
Email: info@westernplows.com

Macgellan.com
Email: Macgellan@mac.com

Eagle Pack
Email: msteele@eaglepack.com

Sportees Activewear
Email: info@sportees.com

The Black Dog Tavern Co.
Email: abbietaylor@theblackdog.com

FogTech (Motosolutions)
Email: gene@motosolutions.com

Redpaw Feed
Email: contact@redpawfeed.com

Kamik
Email: info@kamik.com

Bynje
Email: post@brynje.no

Vi sees
Email: anni@visees.no

Macrogard (Immunocorp)
Email: biorigin@biorigin.com.br

Teck Cominco
Email: info@teckcominco.com

GoNorth Alaska Travel Center
Email: para@alaska.net

Diabetes Sports and Wellness Foundation
Email: jay@dswf.org

The Standard Insurance Company (StanCorp Financial Group, Inc.)
Email: bspeltz@standard.com

Lynden Incorporated
Email: information@lynden.com

General Physics Corp. (GP General Strategies Corp.)
Email: ablank@gpworldwide.com

Dairy Farmers of Washington
Email: info@havemilk.com

Camrud, Maddock, Olson & Larson, Ltd.
Email: pmaddock@camrudlaw.com, jllarson@camrudlaw.com

National Lake Rescue Institute
Email: info@lake-rescue.org

Azumano Travel
Email: info@azumano.com

Sabold Elementary School
Email: morsecin@ssd.k12.pa.us

Flexitol (Laderma)
Email: info@laderma.com.au, usainfo@flexitol.com

LCITW.com
Email: info@lcitw.com

Frelinghuysen Middle School
Email: Ethel.Minchello@MSDK12.net

Longo Electrical & Mechanical
Email: info@eLongo.com

JetBoil, Inc.
Email: customerservice@jetboil.com

Cold Avenger (Talus Outdoor Technologies)
Email: info@talusoutdoortech.com

Port Gamble
Email: portgamble@orminc.com

Albert & Slater, P.S.
Email: office@toughdivorces.com

Epicenter Press
Email: info@EpicenterPress.com

Trabits Group, LLC P.O.
Email: info@trabitsgroup.com

Trapper Creek Smoking Company
Email: info@trapperscreek.com

Ben Reel Productions
Email: mathew@mountainadventuretours.org

Canada Goose
Email: info@canada-goose.com

Tracks of Alaska
Email: traxak@clearwire.net

Alpine Lodge - Fairbanks
Email: reservations@akalpinelodge.com

The Eldorado Hotel
Email: eldorado@yknet.ca

Michael Bertrand Photography
Email: mbphotos@rockisland.com

Janssen Funeral Homes, Inc.
Email: info@janssenfuneralhomes.com

Richard Crosby, DDS
Email: info@crosbysmiles.com

Little Cabin in the Woods
Email: info@lcitw.com

Great River Journey Inc.
Email: info@greatriverjourney.com

Queo Media
Email: ruediger.henke@queo-media.com

East Bradford Elementary School
Email: ahelion@wcasd.net

Vertikal Press
E-mail: info@vertikal.net

MTA
Email: help@mtaonline.net

Wigwam Mills
Email: socks@wigwam.com

Vom og hindemat
Email: post@vomoghundemat.no

Susitna River Lodging
Email: lodging@mtaonline.net

Mahays Riverboat Service
Email: mahays@mtaonline.net

David McGuire, MD
Email: kneern@pobox.alaska.net

Diamond Cape Charters
Email: fishhomer@gmail.com

Latitude 62 Motel
Email: lat62@alaska.net

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Email: info@talkeetnalodge.com

Talkeetna River Guides & Rafters, Inc.
Email: raft@talkeetnariverguides.com

Talkeetna River Adventures (Talkeetna RV LLC)
Email: alaskarv@mtaonline.net

Talkeetna Aero Services, Inc.
Email: info@talkeetnaaero.com

Teamster Local 959
Email: rtraini@akteamsters.com

Usibelli Coal Mine
Email: info@usibelli.com

Homer Stage Line
Email: hsl@xyz.net

Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Email: frobb@bepc.com

Kenai Chrysler
Email: info@kenaichrysler.com

Frontier Flying Service
Email: info@frontierflying.com

Udelhoven Companies
Email: Lbeck@udelhoven.com

Kenai River Seafoods
Email: sean.karin@alaska.net

The Crossing Restaurant
Email: info@thecrossingrestaurant.net

Mammut
Email: khabermann@mammut.ch

Arctic Midnight Furs
Email: amfurs@gci.net

Horizon Lines, Inc.
Email: boardofdirectors@horizonlines.com

Midnight Sun Brewing
Email: info@midnightsunbrewing.com

Grabber Hand Warmers
Email: sales@handwarmers.com, amanda.fowler@warmers.com

Wiggy's Outdoor Gear
Email: wiggys@wiggys.com

United Dairymen of Idaho
Email: dsessions@udidaho.org, cstorey@udidaho.org

 

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