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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.
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:
Chrysler Group LLC
Coca-Cola - Odom Corporation
Millennium & Copthorne Hotels
Wells Fargo & Company
Kroger Company (Fred Meyer Stores)
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Anchorage Daily News (Mc Clatchy Company)
Providence Health System
Alaska Airlines (Alaska Air Group)
Peninsula Airways, Inc. (Pen Air)
Trimble Navigation Limited
K & L Distributors, Inc. (AB-Inbev distributor)
Alaska Brewing Company
The City of Anchorage
The City of Nome
5th Avenue Mall (Simon Property Group)
City of Wasilla
General Communication, Inc. (GCI)
Crowley Maritime Corporation
Anton/Bauer, Inc. (Vitec Group)
Anchorage Municipal Light and Power
Electrochem Commercial Power (Greatbatch, Ltd.)
Northern Air Cargo
Alaska Toy Rental
IDITAROD RACE PROMOTERS:
Target Corporation Target Corporation
Harcourt School Publishers
Discovery Network (Discovery Communications)
Chicago Park District
Lance Armstrong Foundation
All Things Considered (National Public Radio)
Toronto International Film Festival
Jackson-Madison County Library - National Endowment for the
National Science Foundation Digital Library
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Robert Tuchman, author
Riverview Counseling Center
Education World (EDmin)
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
REI and Boulder Digital Arts
Kaukauna Area School District
Montana State Reading Council
Schade Vineyard & Winery
Des Plaines Park District
AAA of Arizona
Auto Show with Greg Damon
Catawba County Schools
Natrona Country School District
Humane Society of Central Oregon
Northfield Community Elementary School
Columbus Torah Academy
Calvary Baptist Church
Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
National Education Association
Atlas Cruises & Tours
Forest Preserve District of Will County
Clarion Suites and Comfort Inn (Choice Hotels International)
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
Hawthorne Suites (Wyndham Hotel Group)
Jiffy Lube International, Inc. (Shell Oil Company)
McDonalds Restaurants (McDonald Corporation)
Taco Bell (Yum! Brands, Inc.)
Kaladi Brothers Coffee Company
Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites
Colorado Altitude Training
J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
Western Products (Aurora Capital Group)
Eagle Pack (WellPet)
General Physics Corp. (GP General Strategies Corp.)
National Lake Rescue Institute
Trabits Group, LLC P.O.
Trapper Creek Smoking Company
The Eldorado Hotel
Janssen Funeral Homes, Inc.
Great River Journey Inc.
Usibelli Coal Mine
Kenai River Seafoods
Horizon Lines, Inc.
Grabber Hand Warmers
Wiggy's Outdoor Gear
Jamaica Tourist Bureau
Caribou Creek Dog Food
Blackwood Pet Foods
Senator Dan Kotowski
Wedgewood Resort (Fountainhead Hotels)
Chukka Caribbean Adventures
West Jet Vacations (West Jet)
Annamaet Pet Food
Invicta Law Group, PLLC
Striker Securities, Inc.
Topnotch Resort & Spa
Double Up Farms
Energi Tea ( Freed Teller & Freeds)
Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Inc.
Hawk Pointe Golf Course
Pacific Tugboat Service
Go Athletic Apparel
Grasso Glass & Stone
Point 6 Socks
Equine Direct (Minnetonka Laboratories)
1st Security Bank of Deer Lodge
Bradley Reid & Associates
Fresh Catch Ltd
Aberdeen Snow Sports Centre
Tunnocks Tea Cakes
41 Clubs Belgium
GoNorth Travel Center
K9 Hydrotherapy Centre
Ten Squared Racing
Diamond M Ranch Resort
Petro Marine Services
Big G Electric & Engineering, Inc.
Advanced Pain Centers of Alaska
Adventures in Alaska RV Rentals
Jeff Schultz Photography, Inc.
Yukon Zinc Corp.
Eldorado Logwork & Construction
Federal Premium Ammunition
Alaska Direct Bus Line
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, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Susan.Bramstedt@alaskaair.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Investor.Relations@ab-inbev.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Marketing@ElectrochemSolutions.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com, David.Bittler@nick.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, PDoyle@adn.com,
BLOCK TWO OF FIVE:
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, TGallagher@carnival.com, email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com, information@RSSC.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
BLOCK THREE OF FIVE:
, 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, Richard.Salmons@lssi.com,
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Investor_Help@edmin.com,
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
<mailto: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, JJohnston@udelhoven.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
BLOCK FOUR OF FIVE:
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, AskMLP@muni.org, email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, Luke.Welles@lifemedalaska.com, 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
BLOCK FIVE OF FIVE:
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Macgellan@mac.com, 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, newsmedia@Exploritas.org, firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!