Tell Iditarod Sponsors to End their Support of Cruelty to Dogs

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Originally Posted: 16 Jan 2011

Tell Iditarod Sponsors to End Their Support of Cruelty to Dogs - Updated 2/11/11

[Ed. Note: Also read An Open Letter to Iditarod Supporters].

FROM  Help Sled Dogs

ACTION

The 2011 Iditarod begins on March 5.

Contact information, groups of email addresses and sample letter are below.

Please help end the horrific treatment of dogs by sending protest emails to organizations that support the Iditarod. Imagine the suffering dogs endure while racing 1,000 miles in the Iditarod with wind-chill factors as low as minus 50 °F, battered by hurricane force winds, over slippery ice, down steep gorges with drops of hundreds of feet, and through icy water with little or no rest. At least 142 dogs have died in the Iditarod, including two dogs on a doctor's team who froze to death in the brutally cold winds. What happens to dogs during the race 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. 

According to the Jan-Feb 2010 Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, dogs running in the Iditarod have substantially decreased numbers of antibodies in their systems. Without an adequate number of antibodies, a dog can't fight off infections.

The dogs are even at terrible risk while resting on straw that's been provided by the Iditarod. An Iditarod musher reported that foxtails are sometimes found in the straw. When foxtail grass drys out and becomes straw, the seed detaches easily and sticks to a dog's fur. Foxtail seeds enter a dog's body through the skin, nose, ears, paws, and eyes.  And once they enter, they're like a barbed fishhook. A foxtail can go anywhere inside a dog. They have been found inside the brain, anal glands, eyes, ears, jowls, feet, spinal cord and lungs. Foxtail seeds can be life-threatening to dogs.

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. Jon Saraceno wrote in his 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."

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 2011 Iditarod sponsors, promoters, and musher sponsors. Email groups with semicolons and commas are on http://www.helpsleddogs.org/sponsors.htm . People and organizations who support the  lditarod may deny it or give misleading statements about their involvement. The Sled Dog Action Coalition has documentation to prove what it says and will provide it upon request.

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BLOCK EMAILS:

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

GROUP TWO 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], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

GROUP THREE 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], [email protected]

GROUP 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]

GROUP 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]

SAMPLE LETTER (Please personalize)

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. Imagine the suffering dogs endure while racing 1,000 miles in the Iditarod with wind-chill factors as low as minus 50 °F, battered by hurricane force winds, over slippery ice, down steep gorges with drops of hundreds of feet, and through icy water with little or no rest. At least 142 dogs have died in the Iditarod, including two dogs on a doctor's team who froze to death in the brutally cold winds. What happens to dogs during the race 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. For more facts, visit the Sled Dog Action Coalition website, http://www.helpsleddogs.org <http://www.helpsleddogs.org/> .

According to the Jan-Feb 2010 Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, dogs running in the Iditarod have substantially decreased numbers of antibodies in their systems. Without an adequate number of antibodies, a dog can't fight off infections.

The dogs are even at terrible risk while resting on straw that's been provided by the Iditarod. An Iditarod musher reported that foxtails are sometimes found in the straw. When foxtail grass drys out and becomes straw, the seed detaches easily and sticks to a dog's fur. Foxtail seeds enter a dog's body through the skin, nose, ears, paws, and eyes.  And once they enter, they're like a barbed fishhook. A foxtail can go anywhere inside a dog. They have been found inside the brain, anal glands, eyes, ears, jowls, feet, spinal cord and lungs. Foxtail seeds can be life-threatening to dogs.

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. Jon Saraceno wrote in his 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. The Iditarod's chief veterinarian, Stu Nelson, is an employee of the Iditarod Trail Committee. They are the ones who sign his paycheck. So, do you expect that he's going to say anything negative about the Iditarod?

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.

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

Sincerely...

IDITAROD RACE SPONSORS

Dell Inc. Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Transportation and Security Administration Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Donlin Creek LLC (Barrick/Novagold Resources Company) Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Eagle Pack/WellPet (Berwind-White Coal Mining Company) Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

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

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

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

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Email: [email protected]

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

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

Exxon Mobil Corporation Email: [email protected] Email: [email protected]

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

Providence Health System Email: [email protected]

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

Peninsula Airways, Inc. Email: [email protected]

Alaska Brewing Company Email: [email protected], [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], [email protected]

Crowley Maritime Corporation Email: [email protected]

Anchorage Municipal Light and Power Email: [email protected]

Alcan Signs Email:[email protected] <mailto:Email%[email protected]>

Alaska Serigraphics  Email: [email protected]

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

IonEarth Email: [email protected]

Iridium Email: [email protected]

Northern Air Cargo Email: [email protected]

LifeMed Alaska  Email: [email protected]

WorkSafe, Inc. Email: [email protected]

IDITAROD RACE PROMOTERS:

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

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

Discovery Communications Email: [email protected]

Scholastic Corporation Email: [email protected]

National Science Foundation Digital Library Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Education World Email: [email protected]

Regent Seven Seas Cruises Email: [email protected]

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

Roads Scholar (Elderhostel) Email: [email protected]

Royal Caribbean Cruises Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO) Email: [email protected]

ESPN Email: [email protected]

Figure 8 Films  Email: [email protected]

Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center Email: [email protected]

Retail Solutions Providers Association Email: [email protected]

Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation Email: [email protected]

Silversea Cruises Email: [email protected]

Saint Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School Email: [email protected]

Central Presbyterian Church Email: [email protected]

The Gift Foundation of Hawaii Email: [email protected]

Travelbite.co.uk <http://travelbite.co.uk/> Email: [email protected]

Inland Northwest Health Services Email: [email protected]

AdventureSmith Explorations Email: [email protected]

Hamilton County Parks Email: [email protected]

Kent State University Women's Basketball Email: [email protected]

Hendrick Hudson School District Email: [email protected]

Los Molinos Unified School District Email: [email protected]

Arcadia Public Library Email: [email protected]

Brooksville Elementary School Email: [email protected]

Fremont Middle School Email: [email protected]

Fremont Public Library Email: [email protected]

University of Alaska Email: [email protected]

East Salem Elementary School Email: [email protected]

Liberty Middle School Email: [email protected], [email protected]

IDITAROD MUSHER SPONSORS:

Halliburton Email: [email protected], [email protected]

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

RyanAir Email: [email protected]

UCB Pharma S.A. Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

United States Coast Guard Email: [email protected]

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

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

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

Blockbuster Video Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Taco Bell Email: [email protected]

Oomingmak (Musk Ox Producers' Co-operative) Email: [email protected]

Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites (The Packard Companies) Email: [email protected]

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

Redpaw Feed Email: [email protected]

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

Trabits Group, LLC Email: [email protected]

Trapper Creek Smoking Company Email: [email protected]

Canada Goose Email: [email protected]

The Eldorado Hotel Email: [email protected]

MTA Email: [email protected]

Usibelli Coal Mine Email: [email protected]

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

Wedgewood Resort Email: [email protected]

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

West Jet Vacations Email: [email protected]

Annamaet Pet Food Email: [email protected]

Topnotch Resort & Spa Email: [email protected]

Pacific Tugboat Service Email: [email protected]

Bradley Reid & Associates Email: [email protected]

Fresh Catch Ltd Email: [email protected]

Adventures in Alaska RV Rentals Email: [email protected]

Yukon Zinc Corp. Email: [email protected]

Eldorado Logwork & Construction email: [email protected]

SprocketHeads Email: [email protected]

Alaska Pain Center Email: [email protected]

MyWireless Inc. Email: [email protected]

Undiscovered Earth Email: [email protected]

Cottey College Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Marmot Mountain LLC Email: [email protected]

W.W. Grainger, Inc. Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Jindex Pty Ltd Email: [email protected]

Rovema Industriestrasse Email: [email protected], [email protected] <mailto:Email%[email protected]>

HTU Consulting Group Email: [email protected]

Leuchtie Email: [email protected]

Reichenback Spezialmaschinenbau Email: [email protected]

Moser Web Publishing Email: [email protected]

A.L. Mitchell & Associates Email: [email protected]

ND Industries Email: [email protected]

Red Dog Saloon Email: [email protected]

Anderes Oil, Inc. Email: [email protected]

Northern Lights Charters Email: [email protected]

Parnassus Books Email: [email protected]

Exploration Gallery Email: [email protected]

Best Western Landing Hotel Email: [email protected]

Intuition Boot Liners Email: [email protected]

Icicle Seafoods, Inc. Email: [email protected]

The Cedars Lodge Email: [email protected]

GretnaBikes.com/Lupine Lighting Systems Email: [email protected]

Northern Outfitters E-Mail: [email protected]

Natural Choice Market Email: [email protected]

Teck Cominco Limited Email: [email protected]

Rotary International Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Trapper's Creek Smoking Company Email: [email protected]

St. Elias Hospital Email: [email protected]

FlexEnergy Email: [email protected]

Brice, Inc. Email: [email protected]

First Lite Email: [email protected]

Windy City Arts, Inc. Email: [email protected]

Richard Crosby, DDS Email: [email protected]

Vacation Country Travel Guide Email: [email protected]

Rosenacher & Associates Email: [email protected]

Gerbing's Heated Clothing Email: [email protected]

CAC Plastics Email: [email protected]

Alaska Hovercraft Email: [email protected]

Yukon Helicopters Email: [email protected]

Alaska Mint Email: [email protected]

Fairbanks Orthopaedic Center Email: [email protected]

Lupine Headlamps Email: [email protected]

Fly Denali Email: [email protected]

Mat-Su Energy Email: [email protected]

Alpine Aviation (Yukon) Ltd Email: [email protected]

Charity Support Services Email: [email protected]

B & J Sporting Goods Email: [email protected]

Gwaltney & Associates, Inc. Email: [email protected]

NEA Alaska Email: [email protected]

North 60 Petro (Petro Marine) Email: [email protected]

Selwyn Resources, Ltd. Email: [email protected]

Alaska Discovery RV Tours Email: [email protected]

East Bradford Elementary Email: [email protected]

Alpine Creek Lodge Email: [email protected]

Boy Scouts of America Great Alaska Council Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Wallace Insurance Group Email: [email protected]

Alaska Executive Search Email: [email protected]

Denali Highway Cabins Email: [email protected]

Coastal Helicopters Email: [email protected]

Petro Marine Services Email: [email protected]

Seward Fisheries Email: [email protected]

Seward Ship's Drydock Email: [email protected]

Buffalo Peak Outfitters Email: [email protected]

Arctic Circle Enterprises Email: [email protected]

Basin Electric Power Cooperative Email: [email protected]

Capitol Electric Cooperative Email: [email protected]

Susitna River Lodging Email: [email protected]

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge Emali: [email protected]

Mahay's Riverboat Service Email: [email protected]

Sky Trekking Alaska Email: [email protected]

Skookum Asphalt Ltd. (Terus Construction Ltd.) Email: [email protected]

Al's Family Farms Email: [email protected]

SportHill Email: [email protected]


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