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: [email protected], [email protected]

Chrysler Group LLC
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Coca-Cola - Odom Corporation
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

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

Wells Fargo & Company
Emails: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

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

Chevron Corportation
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Exxon Mobil Corporation
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Anchorage Daily News (Mc Clatchy Company)
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Providence Health System
Email: [email protected]

Alaska Airlines (Alaska Air Group)
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Peninsula Airways, Inc. (Pen Air)
Email: [email protected]

Trimble Navigation Limited
Email: [email protected]

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

General Communication, Inc. (GCI)
Email: [email protected]

Crowley Maritime Corporation
Email: [email protected]

Anton/Bauer, Inc. (Vitec Group)
Email: [email protected]

Anchorage Municipal Light and Power
Email: [email protected]

Alcan Signs
Email:[email protected]

Alaska Serigraphics
Email: [email protected]

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

IonEarth
Email: [email protected]

Iridium
Email: [email protected]

Roadpost
Email: [email protected]

Northern Air Cargo
Email: [email protected]

LifeMed Alaska
Email: [email protected]

WorkSafe, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Alaska Toy Rental
Email: [email protected]

IDITAROD RACE PROMOTERS:

Target Corporation Target Corporation
E-mails: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

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

Carnival Corporation
Email: [email protected]

Discovery Network (Discovery Communications)
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Scholastic Corporation
Email: [email protected]

Chicago Park District
Email: [email protected]

Lance Armstrong Foundation
Email: [email protected]

Nike
Email: [email protected]

All Things Considered (National Public Radio)
Email: [email protected]

Toronto International Film Festival
Email: [email protected]

Nick.com
Email: [email protected]

Outside Magazine
Email: [email protected]

Jackson-Madison County Library - National Endowment for the Arts
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

National Science Foundation Digital Library
Email: [email protected]

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Email: [email protected]

Robert Tuchman, author
Email: [email protected]

Riverview Counseling Center
Email: [email protected]

Education World (EDmin)
Email: [email protected]

Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Email: [email protected]

REI and Boulder Digital Arts
Spirit of the Outdoors Film Festival
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Kaukauna Area School District
Email: [email protected]

Montana State Reading Council
Email: [email protected]

Schade Vineyard & Winery
Email: [email protected]

Des Plaines Park District
Email: [email protected]

AAA of Arizona
Email: [email protected]

Auto Show with Greg Damon
Email: [email protected]

Catawba County Schools
Email: [email protected]

Angels Program
Email: [email protected]

Natrona Country School District
Email: [email protected]

McMurry Foundation
Email: [email protected]

Humane Society of Central Oregon
Email: [email protected]

Northfield Community Elementary School
Email: [email protected]

Columbus Torah Academy
Email: [email protected]

Sylmar Dogwear
Email: [email protected]

Calvary Baptist Church
Email: [email protected]

Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association
Email: [email protected]

DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Email: [email protected]

National Education Association
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Atlas Cruises & Tours
Email: [email protected]

Exploritas (Elderhostel)
Email: [email protected]

Forest Preserve District of Will County
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

MUSHER SPONSORS:

Clarion Suites and Comfort Inn (Choice Hotels International)
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
Emails: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Hawthorne Suites (Wyndham Hotel Group)
Email: [email protected]

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

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

Blockbuster Video
Email: [email protected]

McDonalds Restaurants (McDonald Corporation)
Email: [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]

Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites
Email: [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>

Colorado Altitude Training
Email: [email protected]

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

Western Products (Aurora Capital Group)
Emails: [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]> , [email protected]

Macgellan.com
Email: [email protected]

Eagle Pack (WellPet)
Email: [email protected]

FogTech (Motosolutions)
Email: [email protected]

Redpaw Feed
Email: [email protected]

Lynden Incorporated
Email: [email protected]

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

National Lake Rescue Institute
Email: [email protected]

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

Trapper Creek Smoking Company
Email: [email protected]

Canada Goose
Email: [email protected]

The Eldorado Hotel
Email: [email protected]

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

Great River Journey Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Queo Media
Email: [email protected]

MTA
Email: [email protected]

Usibelli Coal Mine
Email: [email protected]

Udelhoven Companies
Email: [email protected]

Kenai River Seafoods
Email: [email protected]

Horizon Lines, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

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

Wiggy's Outdoor Gear
Email: [email protected]

Jamaica Tourist Bureau
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Caribou Creek Dog Food
Email: [email protected]

Blackwood Pet Foods
Email: [email protected]

Senator Dan Kotowski
Email: [email protected]

Wedgewood Resort (Fountainhead Hotels)
Email: [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>

Chukka Caribbean Adventures
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

West Jet Vacations (West Jet)
Email: [email protected]

Alaska Zoo
Email: [email protected]

Annamaet Pet Food
Email: [email protected]

Chempetitive Group
Email: [email protected]

Invicta Law Group, PLLC
Email: [email protected]

Striker Securities, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Topnotch Resort & Spa
Email: [email protected]

FoxFury
Email: [email protected]

Double Up Farms
Email: [email protected]

Loki Gear
Email: [email protected]

Archie McPhee
Email:[email protected]

Energi Tea ( Freed Teller & Freeds)
E-mail: [email protected]

Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Hawk Pointe Golf Course
Email: [email protected]

Pacific Tugboat Service
Email: [email protected]

Neos Overshoe
Email: [email protected]

Go Athletic Apparel
Email: [email protected]

Todd Communications
Email: [email protected]

Grasso Glass & Stone
Email: [email protected]

Point 6 Socks
Email: [email protected]

Red Ledge
Email:[email protected]

Equine Direct (Minnetonka Laboratories)
Email: [email protected]

1st Security Bank of Deer Lodge
Email: [email protected]

Krokodil
Email: [email protected]

Foresight Multi-Media
Email: [email protected]

Bradley Reid & Associates
Email: i[email protected]

Darn Tough
Email: [email protected]

TiGenix
Email: [email protected]

Activeion
Email: [email protected]

Fresh Catch Ltd
Email: [email protected]

Baffin, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Brander Recruitment
Email: [email protected]

Aberdeen Snow Sports Centre
Email: [email protected]

Tunnocks Tea Cakes
Email:[email protected]

Reichenbach Spezialmaschinenbau
Email: [email protected]

Circles
Email: [email protected]

41 Clubs Belgium
Email: [email protected]

GoNorth Travel Center
Email: [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>

Plaidfish Communications
Email: [email protected]

Spenard Builders
Email: [email protected]

K9 Hydrotherapy Centre
Email: [email protected]

Ten Squared Racing
Email: [email protected]

Wild Things
Email: [email protected]

Diamond M Ranch Resort
Email: [email protected]

Petro Marine Services
Email: [email protected]

Big G Electric & Engineering, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Advanced Pain Centers of Alaska
Email: [email protected]

Adventures in Alaska RV Rentals
Email: [email protected]

Jeff Schultz Photography, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Yukon Zinc Corp.
Email: [email protected]

Eldorado Logwork & Construction
Email: [email protected]

Zolfe
Email: [email protected]

Federal Premium Ammunition
Email: [email protected]

Alaska Direct Bus Line
Email: [email protected]

Holy Cross
Email: [email protected]

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:

[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]

BLOCK TWO OF FIVE:

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BLOCK THREE OF FIVE:

[email protected] <mailto:[email protected]%20> , [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] <mailto:[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]

BLOCK FOUR OF FIVE:

[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]

BLOCK FIVE OF FIVE:

[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]

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!