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|Originally Posted: 11 Feb 2011|
Tell Target to End its Sponsorship of "Iditarod Teacher on the Trail"
FROM Lucy Shelton
One of the most important sponsors of the Iditarod is Target Corp. because they sponsor the “Iditarod Teacher on the Trail” program. This program promotes and perpetuates the Iditarod in classrooms all across the country.
Tell Target to STOP supporting a program that teaches children it is all right to abuse dogs.
The 2011 Iditarod begins March 5.
Gregg Steinhafel, President & CEO
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
With 62 mushers signed up for the 2011 Iditarod, each with 16 dogs, -- that’s nearly 1,000 dogs who will be pushed to exhaustion, suffering illness, injury, or death. These mushers do not change dogs in this race. On March 5th each musher will start out with 16 sled dogs who will run about 100 miles a day for 9 or more days.
From Help Sled Dogs:
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.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!