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Help save Iditarod dogs from brutality

Please send protest emails and forward this alert.

>From the Sled Dog Action Coalition, http://www.helpsleddogs.org

Contact information, email blocks and sample letter are below.

Please help the dogs by sending protest emails to organizations that support the Iditarod. These dogs are helpless victims of profoundly inhumane treatment and cannot speak for themselves. What happens to the dogs during the Iditarod includes death, paralysis, penile frostbite, bleeding ulcers, bloody diarrhea, lung damage, pneumonia, ruptured discs, viral diseases, broken bones, torn muscles and tendons, sprains, torn footpads and anemia.

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." "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.

Most Iditarod dogs are forced to live at the end of a chain when they aren't hauling people around. It has been reported that dogs who don't make the main team are never taken off-chain. Chained dogs have been attacked by wolves, bears and other animals. Old and arthritic dogs suffer terrible pain in the blistering cold.

Most Internet service providers allow people to send up to 50 email addresses at a time. For your convenience, the addresses have been divided into groups of 50. Please email the first group first. Individual email addresses are given under the sample letter. The groups contain addresses for the Iditarod sponsors, promoters, and the sponsors of the 111 mushers who signed up for the 2008 Iditarod. Email blocks with semicolons are on http://www.helpsleddogs.org/sponsors.htm .

GROUP ONE EMAIL ADDRESSES:

[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [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 EMAIL ADDRESSES:

[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [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 EMAIL ADDRESSES:

[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [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 EMAIL ADDRESSES:

[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [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 the letter.):

Dear Iditarod Supporter:

Please end your organization's support of the Iditarod dog sled race. For the dogs, this event is a bottomless pit of suffering. What happens to the dogs during the Iditarod includes death, paralysis, penile frostbite, bleeding ulcers, bloody diarrhea, lung damage, pneumonia, ruptured discs, viral diseases, broken bones, torn muscles and tendons, sprains, torn footpads and anemia. At least 133 dogs have died in the race. No one knows how many dogs die after this tortuous ordeal or during training. For more facts about the Iditarod, visit the Sled Dog Action Coalition website, http://www.helpsleddogs.org .

On average, 53 percent of the dogs who start the race do not make it across the finish line. According to a report published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, of those who do finish, 81 percent have lung damage. A report published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine said that 61 percent of the dogs who complete the Iditarod have ulcers versus zero percent pre-race.

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.

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." "It is a common training device in use among dog mushers..."

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.

Most Iditarod dogs are forced to live at the end of a chain when they aren't hauling people around. It has been reported that dogs who don't make the main team are never taken off-chain. Chained dogs have been attacked by wolves, bears and other animals. Old and arthritic dogs suffer terrible pain in the blistering cold.

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

Sincerely,


Iditarod Sponsors:

Cabelas

Email: [email protected]

Chrysler (Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.)
Email: [email protected]

Coca-Cola
Email: [email protected]

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels

Email: [email protected]

Wells Fargo & Company
Email: [email protected]

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

Spenard Builders (Lanoga Corporation)
Email: [email protected]

Chevron Corportation
Email: [email protected]

Exxon Mobil Corporation
Email: [email protected]

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

Providence Health System
Email: [email protected]

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

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

Alaska Brewing Company
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]

Network Appliance, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

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

Crowley Maritime Corporation
Email: [email protected]

Anton/Bauer, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Anchorage Municipal Light and Power
Email: [email protected]

Alcan Signs
Email:[email protected]

Global Information Technologies
Email: [email protected]

Alaska Serigraphics
Email: [email protected]

The City of Anchorage
Email: [email protected]

Iditarod Promoters:

"Wife Swap," ABC-TV (RDF Media Group, Pangea Management Group)
Email:
[email protected]

National Weather Service
Email:
[email protected]

Harcourt School Publishers
Email: [email protected]

National Children's Oral Health Foundation
Email: [email protected]

Associated Press
Email: [email protected]

Chicago Park District (Polar Adventure Days)
Email: [email protected]

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

Home Depot
Email: [email protected]

National Education Association
Email: [email protected]

Panasonic
Email: [email protected]

About . com
Email: [email protected]

US Army Garrison Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Email: [email protected]

Kansas City Public Library
Email: [email protected]

Elderhostel
Email: [email protected]

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
Email: [email protected]

EducationWorld . com
Email: [email protected]

Houghton Mifflin Company

Email: [email protected]

Travel Channel (Discover Communications, Inc.)
Email: [email protected]

PBS Nature
Email: [email protected]

PBS Reading Rainbow
Email: [email protected]

Riverboat Discovery
Email: [email protected]

Scholastic Corporation
Email: [email protected]

Workman Publishing Company
Email: [email protected]

Girl Scouts of the USA
Email: [email protected]

Fodors (Random House)
Email: [email protected]

Christ Lutheran School
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]

Versus Cable TV
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]

University of Alaska Anchorage
Email: [email protected]

Naperville Public Libraries
Email: [email protected]

Globus Tours (includes Globus, Cosmos, Monograms, Avalon)
Email: [email protected]

Frommers . com (Wiley Publishing, Inc.)
Email: [email protected]

AAA Mid-Atlantic
Email: [email protected]

AAA New Mexico
Email: [email protected]

Abercrombie & Kent, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Kriegner Travel Services, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Grayline of Alaska
Email: [email protected]

Senior Sojourns, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Strong Travel Services
Email: [email protected]

Explore Tours
Email: [email protected]

Distinctive Escapes
Email: [email protected]

Camelback Odyssey Travel
Email: [email protected]

Intra World Travel & Tours
Email: [email protected]

International Student Travel Confederation
Email: [email protected]

Four Seasons Travel
Email: [email protected]

LuxuryTour . com
Email:  [email protected]

World Wide Country Tours
Email: [email protected]

Luxury Travel, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Harvey World Travel
Email: [email protected]

Knightly Tours
Email: [email protected]

Unique Travel
Email: [email protected]

American Sky
Email: [email protected]

Sun Connections Travel & Cruises
Email: [email protected]

Amazing Journeys, LLC
Email: [email protected]

Contiki Holidays
Email: [email protected]

Insight Vacations
Email: [email protected].com

Travcoa
Email: [email protected]

Mayflower Tours

Email: [email protected]

Tauck World Discovery
Email: [email protected]

Para Tours
Email: [email protected]

Travelwizard . com
Email: [email protected]

News 12 New Jersey
Email: [email protected]

MacNider Art Museum
Email: [email protected]

Musher sponsors:

National Guard Bureau
Email: [email protected]


John Deere & Company
Email: [email protected]

Liberty University
Email: [email protected]

Red Roof Inns (Owned by Westbridge Hospitality Fund and Citigroup's Global Situations Group)
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]

Medtronic
Email: [email protected]

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

Toyota Motor Corporation
Email: [email protected]

Leer, Inc. (J.B. Poindexter & Co., Inc.)
Email: [email protected]

Worth Sports (Jarden Corporation)
Email: [email protected]


Alaska Knights of Columbus (Knights of Columbus)
Email: [email protected]


Array BioPharma Inc.
Email: [email protected]


Hot Chillys (Stanfield's Ltd.)
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]


Massachusetts Solar (Solatron Technologies, Inc.)
Email:  [email protected]


Harper Street Publishing

Email: [email protected]


Alaska Aces (hockey team)
Email: [email protected]

Gallant Insurance Agency, Inc.
Email: [email protected]


Northern Outfitters
Email: [email protected]


Coastal Helicopters, Inc.
Email: [email protected]


Ford Motor Company
Email: [email protected]


7-UP (Cadbury Schweppes plc)
Email: [email protected]


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

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

Blockbuster Video
Email: [email protected]


McDonalds Restaurants (McDonald Corporation)
Email: [email protected]

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

Polaris Industries Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Mountain HardWear
Email: [email protected]

Sears & Associates
Email: [email protected]

Batteries Plus
Email: [email protected]


Oomingmak
Email: [email protected]

Kaladi Brothers Coffee Company
Email: [email protected]

Tracks of Alaska Photography
Email: [email protected]

Alaskan Discovery RV Tours, Ltd.
Email: [email protected]

Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites
Email: [email protected]

Homer Stage Line
Email: [email protected]

Alaska Icefield Expeditions 
Email: [email protected]

Intervet (Akzo Nobel)
Email: [email protected]


Colorado Altitude Training
Email: [email protected]


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

bGlobal, Inc.
Email: [email protected]


Trixsyn (Cogent Solutions Group LLC.)

Email: [email protected]


ND Industries
Email: [email protected]

Ursa wagons
Email: [email protected]


Great Lakes GeoScience
Email: [email protected]

Western Products
Email: [email protected]


Macgellan.com
Email: [email protected]


Krabloonik Kennels
Email: [email protected]

Mill Direct Textiles
Email: [email protected]

Penfield
Email: [email protected]

Reisky & Schlese
Email: [email protected]

Dog Company
Email: [email protected]

Allen Family Foods, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Parker, Smith & Feek, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Michael Bertrand Photography
Email: [email protected]


Michael Trippodi Dienstleistungen
Email: [email protected]

Sahale Snacks
Email: [email protected]

Northland Services
Email: [email protected]

Beaver Sports
Email: [email protected]

Eagle Pack
Email: [email protected]

Co-Fly Industries
Email: [email protected]

Sportees Activewear
Email: [email protected]

Pioneer Lodge
Email: [email protected]

Bi-Polar Racing
Email: [email protected]

The Black Dog Tavern Co.
Email: [email protected]

Alpine Lodge
Email: [email protected]

National Dog Food
Email: [email protected]

FogTech (Motosolutions)
Email: [email protected]

Caribou Creek Pet Foods
Email: [email protected]

The Outdoor Source
Email: [email protected]

ClustrMaps
Email: [email protected]

West Rib Cafe and Pub
Email: [email protected]

Talkeetna Chocolate Corner
Email: [email protected]

Trekker Design
Email: [email protected]

Up Here Publishing Ltd.
Email: [email protected]

FirstMate Pet Food
Email: [email protected]

Appenzell Brewing Company
Email: [email protected]

Bed & Breakfast 'De Kastanjeboom'
Email: [email protected]

Toy Store De Krokodil Brugge
Email: [email protected]

Wegwijzer Travel Information
Email: [email protected]

Pink & Blue Publicity
Email: [email protected]

Hotel Restaurant Stossplatz
Email: [email protected]

Sea Pet (Sea Starr Animal Health, Inc.)
Email: [email protected]

Laurel Pub Company
Email: [email protected]

Ziwipeak Limited Natural
Email: [email protected]

John Hall's Alaska
Email: [email protected]

Ten Squared Racing
Email: [email protected]

Capital Electric
Email: [email protected]

Icicle Seafoods, Inc.
Email: [email protected]

Blackwood Pet Food
Email: [email protected]

Sound Electric
Email: [email protected]

Siberian Husky Club of Greater Chicago, IL
Email: [email protected]

Bay Area Siberian Husky Club, CA
Email: [email protected]

Northern California Siberian Husky Club
Email: [email protected]

Redpaw Feed
Email: [email protected]

Pro Pac Dog Food (Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc.)
Email: [email protected]

Kamik
Email: [email protected]

Bynje
Email: [email protected]

Noraid
Email: [email protected]

Vi sees
Email: [email protected]

Macrogard (Immunocorp)
Email: [email protected]

HomeSchoolers' Support Association
Email: [email protected]


Prism Health Networks
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]


Siberian Husky Club of Metro Dallas
Email: [email protected]

Teck Cominco
Email: [email protected]


Edmund Optics
Email: [email protected]


GoNorth Alaska Travel Center
Email: [email protected]


Wayne County Community Federal Credit Union
Email: [email protected]


PJ Operating Corp.
Email: [email protected]


Trail Ridge Air, Inc.
Email:
[email protected]

Oasis Environmental
Email: [email protected]

Diabetes Sports and Wellness Foundation

Email: [email protected]

 

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