End the Brutal Iditarod

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Originally Posted: 12 January 2010

End the Brutal Iditarod

FROM Help Sled Dogs

Please help end the horrific treatment of dogs by sending protest emails to organizations that support the Iditarod. Six dogs died in the 2009 race, including two dogs on Dr. Lou Packer's team who froze to death in the brutally cold winds.

CONTACT

Below are names of sponsors/promoters and their email addresses listed separately. Pick a few and send individual emails.

And/OR below that are BLOCKS OF EMAILS if you want to send messages all at once.

IDITAROD RACE SPONSORS:

Cabelas
Emails: Christopher.Gay@cabelas.com, joe.arterburn@cabelas.com

Chrysler Group LLC
Emails: car8@chrysler.com, rick.deneau@chrysler.com

Coca-Cola - Odom Corporation
Emails: jodom@odomcorp.com, sustainability@na.ko.com

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels
Emails: skenyon@mill-usa.com, david.curtis-brignell@mill-cop.com

Wells Fargo & Company
Emails: richard.d.levy@wellsfargo.com, Dana.L.Rogers@wellsfargo.com, investorrelations@wellsfargo.com

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

Chevron Corportation
Emails: pubaffmr@chevron.com, invest@chevron.com

Exxon Mobil Corporation
Emails: capital.markets@exxonmobil.com, craig.a.haymes@exxonmobil.com

Anchorage Daily News (Mc Clatchy Company)
Emails: PDoyle@adn.com, ptira@mcclatchy.com

Providence Health System
Email: jo.norton@providence.org

Alaska Airlines (Alaska Air Group)
Emails: newsroom@alaskaair.com, Susan.Bramstedt@alaskaair.com

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

Trimble Navigation Limited
Email: investor_relations@trimble.com

K & L Distributors, Inc. (AB-Inbev distributor)
Emails: Investor.Relations@ab-inbev.com, DaveScott@KLDistributor.com

Alaska Brewing Company
Email: cburchfield@alaskanbeer.com

The City of Anchorage
Email: mayor@muni.org

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

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

Horizon Lines
Email: kprivatsky@horizonlines.com

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

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

Crowley Maritime Corporation
Email: resumes@crowley.com

Anton/Bauer, Inc. (Vitec Group)
Email: info@vitecgroup.com

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

Alcan Signs
Email:alcansigns@alaska.net

Alaska Serigraphics
Email: dpowers@akserigraphics.com

Electrochem Commercial Power (Greatbatch, Ltd.)
Email: Marketing@ElectrochemSolutions.com

IonEarth
Email: dwspencer@microlinetc.com

Iridium
Email: investor.relations@iridium.com

Roadpost
Email: billing@roadpost.com

Northern Air Cargo
Email: enisson@nacargo.com

LifeMed Alaska
Email: Luke.Welles@lifemedalaska.com

WorkSafe, Inc.
Email: info@worksafeinc.com

Alaska Toy Rental
Email: rentme@valleycarrental.com

IDITAROD RACE PROMOTERS:

Target Corporation Target Corporation
E-mails: investorrelations@target.com, susan.kahn@target.com, laysha.ward@target.com

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

Carnival Corporation
Email: TGallagher@carnival.com

Discovery Network (Discovery Communications)
Emails: elizabeth_hillman@discovery.com, investor_relations@discovery.com

Scholastic Corporation
Email: kgood@scholastic.com

Chicago Park District
Email: dhibbler@depaul.edu

Lance Armstrong Foundation
Email: greg.lee@livestrong.org

Nike
Email: jeanne.jackson@nike.com

All Things Considered (National Public Radio)
Email: asilverman@npr.org

Toronto International Film Festival
Email: jgooding@tiff.net

Nick.com
Email: David.Bittler@nick.com

Outside Magazine
Email: sparmelee@outsidemag.com

Jackson-Madison County Library - National Endowment for the Arts
Emails: Richard.Salmons@lssi.com, chairman@arts.gov

National Science Foundation Digital Library
Email: abement@nsf.gov

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Email: bcumming@cmnh.org

Robert Tuchman, author
Email: robert@100sportingevents.com

Riverview Counseling Center
Email: Mary-Michael@RiverviewCC.com

Education World (EDmin)
Email: Investor_Help@edmin.com

Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Email: information@RSSC.com

REI and Boulder Digital Arts
Spirit of the Outdoors Film Festival
Emails: lynne@boulderdigitalarts.com, board@rei.com

Kaukauna Area School District
Email: mccabel@kaukauna.k12.wi.us

Montana State Reading Council
Email: buschk@billings.k12.mt.us

Schade Vineyard & Winery
Email: info@schadevineyard.com

Des Plaines Park District
Email: jh@desplainesparks.org

AAA of Arizona
Email: publicrelations@arizona.aaa.com

Auto Show with Greg Damon
Email: swmoore@cbs.com

Catawba County Schools
Email: tmarkley@catawba.k12.nc.us

Angels Program
Email: ccampbell@wmcnet.org

Natrona Country School District
Email: joel_dvorak@natronaschools.org

McMurry Foundation
Email: bwalker@mcmurry.net

Humane Society of Central Oregon
Email: pmroden@hsco.org

Northfield Community Elementary School
Email: jfipp@ncs-nj.org

Columbus Torah Academy
Email: rabbikahn@torahacademy.org

Sylmar Dogwear
Email: info@sylmardogwear.com

Calvary Baptist Church
Email: pastor@calvaryws.com

Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association
Email: desa@diabetes-exercise.org

DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Email: joni@doxafestival.ca

National Education Association
Emails: HR_Service_Center@nea.org, espence@nea.org

Atlas Cruises & Tours
Email: tours@atlastravelweb.com

Exploritas (Elderhostel)
Email: newsmedia@Exploritas.org

Forest Preserve District of Will County
Email: jmcfarland@fpdwc.org, jprince@fpdwc.org

MUSHER SPONSORS:

Clarion Suites and Comfort Inn (Choice Hotels International)
Emails: david_peikin@choicehotels.com, investor_relations@choicehotels.com

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
Emails: info@margaritaville.com, keywest@margaritaville.com, margaritaville@universalorlando.com

Hawthorne Suites (Wyndham Hotel Group)
Email: Alyson.Johnson@wyndhamworldwide.com

Harley-Davidson, Inc.
Email: bob.klein@harley-davidson.com

Jiffy Lube International, Inc. (Shell Oil Company)
Email: ir-newyork@shell.com

Blockbuster Video
Email: investor.relations@blockbuster.com

McDonalds Restaurants (McDonald Corporation)
Email: danya.proud@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

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

Colorado Altitude Training
Email: larry@altitudetraining.com

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

Western Products (Aurora Capital Group)
Emails: info@westernplows.com <mailto:info@westernplows.com> , glparsky@auroracap.com

Macgellan.com
Email: Macgellan@mac.com

Eagle Pack (WellPet)
Email: jobs@wellpet.com

FogTech (Motosolutions)
Email: orders@motosolutions.com

Redpaw Feed
Email: contact@redpawfeed.com

Lynden Incorporated
Email: information@lynden.com

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

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

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

Trapper Creek Smoking Company
Email: info@trapperscreek.com

Canada Goose
Email: info@canada-goose.com

The Eldorado Hotel
Email: eldorado@yknet.ca

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

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

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

MTA
Email: kbernier@mta-telco.com

Usibelli Coal Mine
Email: info@usibelli.com

Udelhoven Companies
Email: JJohnston@udelhoven.com

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

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

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

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

Jamaica Tourist Bureau
Emails: info@visitjamaica.com, groups@visitjamaica-usa.com

Caribou Creek Dog Food
Email: rambler@cariboucreekgold.com

Blackwood Pet Foods
Email: info@blackwoodpetfood.com

Senator Dan Kotowski
Email: lailani@kotowski4senate.com

Wedgewood Resort (Fountainhead Hotels)
Email: hotelrep@fdifairbanks.com <mailto:hotelrep@fdifairbanks.com>

Chukka Caribbean Adventures
Emails: info@mychukka.com, info@chukkacaribbean.com

West Jet Vacations (West Jet)
Email: investor_relations@westjet.com

Alaska Zoo
Email: plampi@alaskazoo.org

Annamaet Pet Food
Email: info@annamaet.com

Chempetitive Group
Email: info@chempetitive.com

Invicta Law Group, PLLC
Email: mjordan@invictalaw.com

Striker Securities, Inc.
Email: info0808@striker.com

Topnotch Resort & Spa
Email: oberlander@topnotchresort.com

FoxFury
Email: fox@foxfury.com

Double Up Farms
Email: info@doubleupfarms.com

Loki Gear
Email: loki@lokiusa.com

Archie McPhee
Email:unicorn@mcphee.com

Energi Tea ( Freed Teller & Freeds)
E-mail: info@freedscoffeetea.com

Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Inc.
Email: info@oceanbeauty.com

Hawk Pointe Golf Course
Email: rcotton@hawkpointegolf.com

Pacific Tugboat Service
Email: ted@pacifictugboats.com

Neos Overshoe
Email: neos@overshoe.com

Go Athletic Apparel
Email: ma@goathleticapparel.com

Todd Communications
Email: tlange@tcinc.us

Grasso Glass & Stone
Email: catchg.glassandstone@runbox.com

Point 6 Socks
Email: kco@verdepr.com

Red Ledge
Email:jrotepel@tahsinusa.com

Equine Direct (Minnetonka Laboratories)
Email: webmaster@equinedirect.net

1st Security Bank of Deer Lodge
Email: fsb@1stsecuritydl.com

Krokodil
Email: admin@krokodil.be

Foresight Multi-Media
Email: info@foresightmultimedia.com

Bradley Reid & Associates
Email: info@brcomm.com

Darn Tough
Email: cs@darntough.ca

TiGenix
Email: frank.hazevoets@tigenix.com

Activeion
Email: chris.deets@activeion.com

Fresh Catch Ltd
Email: enquiries@freshcatch.com

Baffin, Inc.
Email: marketing@baffin.com

Brander Recruitment
Email: ian@brander.co.uk

Aberdeen Snow Sports Centre
Email: garthdeesports@btconnect.com

Tunnocks Tea Cakes
Email:sales@tunnock.co.uk

Reichenbach Spezialmaschinenbau
Email: rene.reichenbach@t-online.de

Circles
Email: circles@pandora.be

41 Clubs Belgium
Email: secretariat@41clubs.be

GoNorth Travel Center
Email: GoNorth@alaska.net <mailto:GoNorth@alaska.ne>

Plaidfish Communications
Email: reach@plaidfish.com

Spenard Builders
Email: ewaite@sbsalaska.com

K9 Hydrotherapy Centre
Email: admin@k9hydrocentre.com

Ten Squared Racing
Email: info@10squaredracing.com

Wild Things
Email: brian@wildthingsgear.com

Diamond M Ranch Resort
Email: stay@diamondmranch.com

Petro Marine Services
Email: jimb@harborent.com

Big G Electric & Engineering, Inc.
Email: bgabriel@biggelectric.com

Advanced Pain Centers of Alaska
Email: anchorage@alaskapain.net

Adventures in Alaska RV Rentals
Email: owner@adventuresakrv.com

Jeff Schultz Photography, Inc.
Email: prints@alaskastock.com

Yukon Zinc Corp.
Email: info@yukonzinc.com

Eldorado Logwork & Construction
Email: dax@polarcom.com

Zolfe
Email: ken@zolfeeast.com

Federal Premium Ammunition
Email: pressroom@atk.com

Alaska Direct Bus Line
Email: info@alaskadirectbusline.com

Holy Cross
Email: jleege@powercom.net

BLOCKS OF EMAILS

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. The groups contain addresses for the 2010 Iditarod sponsors, promoters, and musher sponsors. Email blocks with semicolons and commas are on http://www.helpsleddogsorg/sponsors.htm.

BLOCK ONE OF FIVE:

Christopher.Gay@cabelas.com, joe.arterburn@cabelas.com, car8@chrysler.com, rick.deneau@chrysler.com, richard.d.levy@wellsfargo.com, Dana.L.Rogers@wellsfargo.com, investorrelations@wellsfargo.com, pubaffmr@chevron.com, invest@chevron.com, capital.markets@exxonmobil.com, craig.a.haymes@exxonmobil.com, elizabeth_hillman@discovery.com, investor_relations@discovery.com, investorrelations@target.com, susan.kahn@target.com, newsroom@alaskaair.com, Susan.Bramstedt@alaskaair.com, jodom@odomcorp.com, sustainability@na.ko.com, Investor.Relations@ab-inbev.com, DaveScott@KLDistributor.com, billing@roadpost.com, investor.relations@iridium.com, info@vitecgroup.com, Marketing@ElectrochemSolutions.com, info@margaritaville.com, keywest@margaritaville.com, info@westernplows.com, glparsky@auroracap.com, info@visitjamaica.com, investor_relations@westjet.com, jeanne.jackson@nike.com, asilverman@npr.org, David.Bittler@nick.com, jobs@wellpet.com, skenyon@mill-usa.com, david.curtis-brignell@mill-cop.com, PDoyle@adn.com, ptira@mcclatchy.com, kprivatsky@horizonlines.com

BLOCK TWO OF FIVE:

fox@foxfury.com, espence@nea.org, danya.proud@us.mcd.com, info@mychukka.com, morris@gci.com, resumes@crowley.com, investor_relations@trimble.com, cburchfield@alaskanbeer.com, dwspencer@microlinetc.com, enisson@nacargo.com, jo.norton@providence.org, kroger.investors@kroger.com, Alyson.Johnson@wyndhamworldwide.com, sparmelee@outsidemag.com, dhibbler@depaul.edu, desa@diabetes-exercise.org, investor.relations@blockbuster.com, lailani@kotowski4senate.com, publicrelations@arizona.aaa.com, info0808@striker.com, david_peikin@choicehotels.com, investor_relations@choicehotels.com, ir-newyork@shell.com, mjordan@invictalaw.com, rcotton@hawkpointegolf.com, hbspcs@harcourt.com, TGallagher@carnival.com, greg.lee@livestrong.org, jgooding@tiff.net, info@chempetitive.com, oberlander@topnotchresort.com, frank.hazevoets@tigenix.com, rene.reichenbach@t-online.de, board@rei.com, information@RSSC.com, kgood@scholastic.com

BLOCK THREE OF FIVE:

hotelrep@fdifairbanks.com <mailto:hotelrep@fdifairbanks.com%20> , tmarkley@catawba.k12.nc.us, admin@krokodil.be, marketing@baffin.com, abement@nsf.gov, ted@pacifictugboats.com, neos@overshoe.com, enquiries@freshcatch.com, chris.deets@activeion.com, loki@lokiusa.com, unicorn@mcphee.com, info@doubleupfarms.com, jrotepel@tahsinusa.com, info@oceanbeauty.com, info@freedscoffeetea.com, Richard.Salmons@lssi.com, chairman@arts.gov, bcumming@cmnh.org, Investor_Help@edmin.com, jh@desplainesparks.org, webmaster@equinedirect.net, info@foresightmultimedia.com, bob.klein@harley-davidson.com, ablank@gpworldwide.com, ian@brander.co.uk, circles@pandora.be, catchg.glassandstone@runbox.com, kco@verdepr.com <mailto:o@verdepr.com> , brian@wildthingsgear.com, stay@diamondmranch.com, ken@zolfeeast.com, buschk@billings.k12.mt.us, joni@doxafestival.ca, rabbikahn@torahacademy.org, pastor@calvaryws.com, JJohnston@udelhoven.com, info@greatriverjourney.com, reach@plaidfish.com, sales@tunnock.co.uk, info@inlettower.com

BLOCK FOUR OF FIVE:

lynne@boulderdigitalarts.com, swmoore@cbs.com, jfipp@ncs-nj.org, mccabel@kaukauna.k12.wi.us, cs@darntough.ca, garthdeesports@btconnect.com, owner@adventuresakrv.com, secretariat@41clubs.be, admin@k9hydrocentre.com, plampi@alaskazoo.org, info@annamaet.com, rambler@cariboucreekgold.com, ma@goathleticapparel.com, tlange@tcinc.us, fsb@1stsecuritydl.com, info@brcomm.com, robert@100sportingevents.com, Mary-Michael@RiverviewCC.com, info@schadevineyard.com, joel_dvorak@natronaschools.org, pmroden@hsco.org, info@penair.com, mayor@muni.org, manager@ci.nome.ak.us, gwells@simon.com, vrupright@ci.wasilla.ak.us, AskMLP@muni.org, alcansigns@alaska.net, dpowers@akserigraphics.com, Luke.Welles@lifemedalaska.com, info@worksafeinc.com, rentme@valleycarrental.com, anchorage@alaskapain.net, bgabriel@biggelectric.com, jimb@harborent.com, info@10squaredracing.com, yum.investor@yum.com, info@trapperscreek.com, info@trabitsgroup.com, info@canada-goose.com

BLOCK FIVE OF FIVE:

sdean@jjkeller.com, customersupport@batteriesplus.com, larry@altitudetraining.com, information@lynden.com, contact@redpawfeed.com, orders@motosolutions.com, Macgellan@mac.com, orders@motosolutions.com, info@lake-rescue.org, info@alaskadirectbusline.com, pressroom@atk.com, dax@polarcom.com, info@yukonzinc.com, prints@alaskastock.com, ewaite@sbsalaska.com, ruediger.henke@queo-media.com, kbernier@mta-telco.com, sean.karin@alaska.net, amanda.fowler@warmers.com, wiggys@wiggys.com, eldorado@yknet.ca, info@janssenfuneralhomes.com, qiviut@gci.net, info@usibelli.com, ccampbell@wmcnet.org, bwalker@mcmurry.net, info@sylmardogwear.com, tours@atlastravelweb.com, newsmedia@Exploritas.org, jmcfarland@fpdwc.org

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

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.

During training runs, Iditarod dogs have been killed by moose, snow machines, and various motor vehicles, including a semi tractor and an ATV. They have died from drowning, heart attacks and being strangled in harnesses. Dogs have also been injured while training. They have been gashed, quilled by porcupines, bitten in dog fights, and had broken bones, and torn muscles and tendons. Most dog deaths and injuries during training aren't even reported.

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." He also said, "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.

SAMPLE LETTER/INFORMATION

Dear Iditarod Supporter:

For the dogs, the Iditarod dog sled race is a bottomless pit of suffering. Please end your organization's support of this event. Six dogs died in the 2009 Iditarod, including two dogs on Dr. Lou Packer's team who froze to death in the brutally cold winds. 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.

During training runs, Iditarod dogs have been killed by moose, snowmachines, and various motor vehicles, including a semi tractor and an ATV. They have died from drowning, heart attacks and being strangled in harnesses. Dogs have also been injured while training. They have been gashed, quilled by porcupines, bitten in dog fights, and had broken bones, and torn muscles and tendons. Most dog deaths and injuries during training aren't even reported.

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." He also said, "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, 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.

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.

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

Sincerely...


Thank you for everything you do for animals!