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Originally Posted: January 21, 2012

Tell These companies to Stop Sponsoring the Iditarod

[Ed. Note: Please read An Open Letter to Iditarod Supporters, The Untold Story of Iditarod Drug Testing.]

FROM Sled Dog Action Coalition

Please send protest emails, forward this alert widely and post it on Facebook and let these companies know that they must end their sponsorship of this cruel, grueling race that causes pain and death to dogs, before, during and after "the race."

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

Although some corporations have ended their support for the Iditarod, the dogs still need your help. Take action to end the cruel treatment of dogs by sending protest emails to the 2012 Iditarod supporters. What happens to dogs during the Iditarod includes death, bloody diarrhea, paralysis, frostbite (where it hurts the most!), bleeding ulcers, lung damage, pneumonia, ruptured discs, viral diseases, kennel cough, broken bones, torn muscles and extreme stress. At least 142 dogs have died in the race, including two dogs who froze to death in the brutally cold winds.

Veterinary care during the Iditarod is poor. Here's just one example: Veterinarians have allowed dogs with kennel cough race in the Iditarod even though dogs with this disease should be kept warm and given lots of rest. It's dangerous for the dogs with this disease to exercise with any intensity. Strenuous exercise can cause lung damage, pneumonia and even death. Kennel cough is a highly contagious disease that normally lasts from 10 to 21 days.

Iditarod dogs are beaten into submission. Jane Stevens, a former Iditarod dog handler, describes a dog beating in her letter published by the Whitehorse Star (Feb. 23, 2011). She wrote: "I witnessed the extremely violent beating of an Iditarod racing dog by one of the racing industry's most high-profile top 10 mushers. Be assured the beating was clearly not within an 'acceptable range' of 'discipline'. Indeed, the scene left me appalled, sick and shocked. After viewing an individual sled dog repeatedly booted with full force, the male person doing the beating jumping back and forth like a pendulum with his full body weight to gain full momentum and impact. He then alternated his beating technique with full-ranging, hard and fast, closed-fist punches like a piston to the dog as it was held by its harness splayed onto the ground. He then staggeringly lifted the dog by the harness with two arms above waist height, then slammed the dog into the ground with full force, again repeatedly, all of this repeatedly."

During the 2007 race, 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."

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..." Former Iditarod dog handler Mike Cranford wrote in Alaska's Bush Blade Newspaper: "Dogs are clubbed with baseball bats and if they don't pull are dragged to death in harnesses....."

Most Internet service providers allow people to send up to 40 email addresses at a time. For your convenience, email addresses for the 2012 Iditarod sponsors, promoters, and musher sponsors have been divided into groups of 40. Please email the first group first. Scroll down to find the sample letter. Under it you'll find individual email addresses for race supporters. Email groups with semicolons 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.

GROUP ONE OF FOUR:

[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 FOUR:

[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 FOUR:

[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 FOUR:

[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]

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. What happens to dogs during the Iditarod includes death, bloody diarrhea, paralysis, frostbite (where it hurts the most!), bleeding ulcers, lung damage, pneumonia, ruptured discs, viral diseases, kennel cough, broken bones, torn muscles and extreme stress. At least 142 dogs have died in the race, including two dogs who froze to death in the brutally cold winds. For more facts, visit the Sled Dog Action Coalition website, http://www.helpsleddogs.org .

Veterinary care during the Iditarod is poor. Here's just one example: Veterinarians have allowed dogs with kennel cough race in the Iditarod even though dogs with this disease should be kept warm and given lots of rest. It's dangerous for the dogs with this disease to exercise with any intensity. Strenuous exercise can cause lung damage, pneumonia and even death. Kennel cough is a highly contagious disease that normally lasts from 10 to 21 days.

Iditarod dogs are beaten into submission. Jane Stevens, a former Iditarod dog handler, describes a dog beating in her letter published by the Whitehorse Star (Feb. 23, 2011). She wrote: "I witnessed the extremely violent beating of an Iditarod racing dog by one of the racing industry's most high-profile top 10 mushers. Be assured the beating was clearly not within an 'acceptable range' of 'discipline'. Indeed, the scene left me appalled, sick and shocked. After viewing an individual sled dog repeatedly booted with full force, the male person doing the beating jumping back and forth like a pendulum with his full body weight to gain full momentum and impact. He then alternated his beating technique with full-ranging, hard and fast, closed-fist punches like a piston to the dog as it was held by its harness splayed onto the ground. He then staggeringly lifted the dog by the harness with two arms above waist height, then slammed the dog into the ground with full force, again repeatedly, all of this repeatedly."

During the 2007 race, 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."

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..." Former Iditarod dog handler Mike Cranford wrote in Alaska's Bush Blade Newspaper: "Dogs are clubbed with baseball bats and if they don't pull are dragged to death in harnesses....."

Iditarod dog kennels are puppy mills. Most mushers have more than 50 dogs. Some have more than 100. 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 or have no economic value, are killed with a shot to the head, dragged, drowned or clubbed to death.

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

Sincerely...

IDITAROD SPONSORS:

Donlin GOLD
Email: [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: Inves[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Providence Health System
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

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

Peninsula Airways, Inc. (Pen Air)
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]

Horizon Lines
Email: [email protected], [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]

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]

Beacon Occupational Health and Safety
Email: [email protected]

Tidewater
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Alaska Mining & Diving Supply, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Spenard Builders Supply
Email: [email protected]

IDITAROD PROMOTERS:

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

ESPN Magazine
Email: [email protected]

High Point Regional Health System Cancer Center
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Travel Channel (Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc.)
Email: [email protected]

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

Paramount Sleep
Email: [email protected]

Canon Professional Services (Canon, Inc.)
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

AAA of Northern California, Nevada and Utah
Email: [email protected]

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (U. S. Department of Agriculture)
Email: [email protected]

Life Improvement Radio
Email: [email protected]

Discovery Communications, Inc.
Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Association of Architecture Organizations
Email: [email protected]

Bureau of Land Management (U.S. Department of the Interior)
Email: [email protected] , [email protected]

AFC Vacations
Email: [email protected]

Amazing Journeys, LLC
Email: [email protected]

JCC of Greater Pittsburgh
Email: [email protected]

Norwegian Cruise Line
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

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

Scholastic Corporation
Email: [email protected]

Abercrombie & Kent
Email: [email protected]

Silversea Cruises
Email: [email protected]

Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Email: [email protected]

Chesterfield County Public Schools
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Downtown Lakewood
Email: [email protected]

Miami Herald
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Claire Walter
Email: [email protected]

AAA Washington
[email protected], [email protected]

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

Monticello-Union Township Public Library
Email: [email protected]

MUSHER SPONSORS:

The Home Depot, Inc.
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]

Denny's Corporation
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Blockbuster (Dish Network)
Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Columbia Sportswear Company
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

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

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

United States Coast Guard
Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

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

Taco Bell (Yum! Brands, Inc.)
mail: [email protected]

Kinross Gold Corporation
Email: [email protected]

Aperio
Email: [email protected]

Touch 'nSeal (Convenience Products, division of Clayton Corp.)
Email: [email protected]

Batteries Plus LLC
Email: [email protected]

Dr. Rick Matsen
Email: [email protected]

Lupine Lighting Systems
Email:[email protected]

Four Park Avenue
Email: [email protected]

Outdoor Youth Connections
Email: [email protected]

Woolpower (Scandic Outdoor GmbH)
Email: [email protected]

Macpac Ltd
Email: [email protected]

Chudleys (Dodson & Horrell Ltd)
Email: [email protected]

Remington Technologies, LLC
Email: [email protected]

Lynden Air Cargo
Email: [email protected]

Chempetitive Group
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Kassik's Kenai Brew Stop
Email: [email protected]

Diamond M Ranch Resort
Email: [email protected]

Teck Resources Limited
Email: [email protected]

Refrigeration and Food Equipment, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

NTE
Email: [email protected]

Norservice
Email: [email protected]

MX Sport
Email: [email protected]

Point6
Email: [email protected]

First Tool Corporation
Email: [email protected]

Ringers Gloves
Email: [email protected]

Ahtna Incorporated
Email: [email protected]

Baffin
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]

Canada Goose
Email: [email protected]

The Eldorado Hotel
Email: [email protected]

MTA
Email: [email protected]

Usibelli Coal Mine
Email: [email protected]

Grabber Hand Warmers
Email: [email protected]

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

Pacific Tugboat Service
Email: [email protected]

Bradley Reid & Associates
Email: [email protected]

Fresh Catch Ltd
Email: [email protected]

SprocketHeads
Email: [email protected]

Loki, LLC
Email: [email protected]

Intuition Boot Liners
Email: [email protected]

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

Northern Outfitters
E-Mail: [email protected]

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

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

St. Elias Hospital
Email: [email protected]

Geneva Woods Pharmacy, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

CAC Plastics
Email: [email protected]

Charity Support Services
Email: [email protected]

NEA Alaska (National Education Association)
Email: [email protected]

Selwyn Resources, Ltd.
Email: [email protected]

Alaska Discovery RV Tours
Email: [email protected]

Coastal Helicopters
Email: [email protected]

Seward Fisheries
Email: [email protected]

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

SportHill
Email: [email protected]

Wiggy’s Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Caribou Creek Dog Food
Email: [email protected]

Arctic Slope Regional Corporation
Email: [email protected]

Bogs Footwear
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

American Dehydrated Foods, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

North 60 Petro
Email: [email protected]

ND Industries
Email: [email protected]

Alaska Executive Search
Email: [email protected]

Expedia CruiseShipCenters
Email: [email protected]

Girdwood Ski & Cyclery
Email: [email protected]

Glacier City Snow Mobile Tours
Email: [email protected]

Girdwood Forest Fair
Email: [email protected]

Fly Denali, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Peninsula Health Foundation
Email: [email protected]

Snug Harbor Seafoods
E-mail: [email protected]

JDRF - Central Oklahoma Chapter
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Alpine Creek Lodge LLC
Email: [email protected]

Adventures in Alaska RV Rentals
Email: [email protected]

Ryan Air
Email: [email protected]

Yukon Helicopters, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Arctic Rose Gallery
Email: [email protected]

Specsavers Optical Superstores Ltd
Email: [email protected]


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