Posted by: friendsofkinshipcircle | January 27, 2009

SAVE IDITAROD DOGS

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FRIENDS OF KINSHIP CIRCLE ALERT
1/27/09: Save Iditarod Dogs From Brutality
WRITE To Sponsors & Supporters

SOURCE / REPLY TO:
FOR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: SledDogAC@aol.com
Sled Dog Action Coalition, http://www.helpsleddogs.org


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Imagine the cruelties these sled dog pups will experience in the
Iditarod…Death, paralysis, frostbite, bleeding ulcers, bloody diarrhea,
lung damage, pneumonia, ruptured discs, viral diseases, broken bones, torn
muscles and tendons and sprains… Please help end the barbaric treatment of
dogs by sending protest emails to organizations that support the Iditarod.

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1. CONTACT INFORMATION
(sample letter follows)
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FULL CONTACT INFORMATION FOR IDITAROD SPONSORS / SUPPORTERS:
(addresses, names, phone/fax)
http://www.helpsleddogs.org/sponsors.htm

HOW TO SEND EMAIL BLOCKS:

  • Copy/paste a group of emails into the To: or Bcc: line of your email
  • Then copy-paste sample letter into your email’s body
  • Personalize your letter, sign with your name, address, county
  • Hit send
  • Repeat these steps for each group of emails


GROUP #1 EMAIL ADDRESSES:
marianne.amssoms@inbev.com, investor@discoveryholdingcompany.com,
John_Ford@discovery.com, investorrelations@columbia.com, investor.relations@medtronic.com,
executive-editor@nytimes.com, rick.ludwin@nbcuni.com, info@dlife.com,
corporate_communications@hmco.com, investorrelations@target.com,
aly.noormohamed@dpsg.com, rick.blake@harcourt.com, rosepr@rosemail.org,
aarpmagazine@aarp.org, Anne.sweeney@disney.comrick.ludwin@nbcuni.com,
lee.davies@spcorp.com, wayne.hearn@rotary.org,
betsy.o’rourke@wyndhamworldwide.com, info@renegadepictures.co.uk,
mark.kroeger@scrippsnetworks.com, Christopher.Gay@cabelas.com,
charlene.jagannath@millenniumhotels.co.uk, karen_dmochowsky@timeinc.com,
jlopes@aurn.com, tedronneburger@680thefan.com, PDoyle@adn.com,
roy.a.betts@usps.gov, info@zoasis.com, Shareholders.IM@pg.com,
corporate.communications@blockbuster.com, mary.dillon@us.mcd.com,
yum.investor@yum.com, mike.morgan@harley-davidson.com,
toyota_cares@toyota.com, sarah.palin@alaska.gov,
Virginia.Q.Sanchez@shell.com, tmattia@na.ko.com,
Catherine.Gacad@wellsfargo.com

GROUP #2 EMAIL ADDRESSES:
Catherine.Gacad@wellsfargo.com, rabello@hollandamerica.com,
jbenson@princesscruises.com, investor_relations@scholastic.com,
biorigin@biorigin.com.br, kroger.investors@kroger.com,
media@cerberuscapital.com, Spring.Jeffrey@aaa-calif.com,
editor@independenttraveler.com, newsroom@alaskaair.com, bigshow@plj.com,
comments@komo1000news.com, angie@wnwv.com, curt.hansen@cumulus.com,
jpenchoff@csg.org, info@floridamedia.org,
pubaffmr@chevrontexaco.com,
enterprise.comments@exxonmobil.com, investor.relations@horizonlines.com,
investor_relations@netapp.com, rwhatley@jbpco.com, info@sportees.com,
abbietaylor@theblackdog.com, gene@motosolutions.com, information@lynden.com,
info@havemilk.com, ablank@gpworldwide.com, info@laderma.com.au,
Ethel.Minchello@MSDK12.net, info@eLongo.com, customerservice@jetboil.com,
info@talusoutdoortech.com, portgamble@orminc.com, lat62@alaska.net,
boardofdirectors@horizonlines.com, info@lake-rescue.org,
info@canada-goose.com, nschnell@ista-in.org

GROUP #3 EMAIL ADDRESSES:
reservations@akalpinelodge.com, info@vertikal.net, post@vomoghundemat.no,
mahays@mtaonline.net, kneern@pobox.alaska.net,
raft@talkeetnariverguides.com, customerservice@deeppurple.com,
morsecin@ssd.k12.pa.us, morsecin@ssd.k12.pa.us, mfrank@the-aps.org,
cherylm@lilacblind.org, MBenedetti@greatbatch.com, pmaddock@camrudlaw.com,
principal.perryes@pac.dodea.edu, jacksonj@mail.leon.k12.fl.us,
ktrail@sfsd.k12.pa.us, lmilitello@williamsvillek12.org,
michele_svihovec@bismarckschools.org, streadaw@cabarrus.k12.nc.us,
sonja.braziel@browardschools.com, mmaddox2@bcps.org, jquick@clearfield.org,
LHall@henhudschools.org, info@fcesptsa.org, info@crosbysmiles.com,
info@janssenfuneralhomes.com, info@trapperscreek.com,
office@toughdivorces.com, alaskarv@mtaonline.net,
info@talkeetnalodge.com, alaskarv@mtaonline.net, awp@co.hamilton.in.us,
media@aecf.org, davidnee@wcgmf.org, wginsberg@cfgnh.org,
natas@asi-seattle.net, wendy@diamondbrand.com, webmaster@ionearth.com,
wellingj@mishawaka.k12.in.us

GROUP #4 EMAIL ADDRESSES:
info@teckcominco.com, info@inlettower.com, rodney.bolls@bglobal.us,
info@ndindustries.com, bbroquet@gci.com, websales@antonbauer.com,
wccinfo@wcclp.com, help@mtaonline.net, AskMLP@muni.org,
investor_relations@netapp.com, msteele@eaglepack.com,
info@frontierflying.com, fhees@alaskanbeer.com, info@penair.com,
Mayor@ci.anchorage.ak.us, ircontact@simon.com,
info@thecrossingrestaurant.net, info@midnightsunbrewing.com,
info@canada-goose.com, mathew@mountainadventuretours.org,
info@EpicenterPress.com, info@greatriverjourney.com, info@trabitsgroup.com,
ruediger.henke@queo-media.com, ahelion@wcasd.net, lodging@mtaonline.net,
khabermann@mammut.ch, sales@handwarmers.com, info@coastalhelicopters.com,
para@alaska.net, jay@dswf.org, info@azumano.com, manager@ci.nome.ak.us,
info@penair.com, mayor@ci.wasilla.ak.us, resumes@crowley.com,
Lbeck@udelhoven.com, sean.karin@alaska.net,
rtraini@akteamsters.com

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2. SAMPLE LETTER
from SledDogAC@aol.com
Kinship Circle did not write/research this sample letter.
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Dear Iditarod Supporter:

Please end your organization’s support of the Iditarod dog sled race. For
the dogs, this event may include death, paralysis, frostbite, bleeding
ulcers, bloody diarrhea, lung damage, pneumonia, ruptured discs, viral
diseases, broken bones, torn muscles and tendons and sprains. At least 136
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 permanently
disabled in the Iditarod, or 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, “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, dogs do not undergo veterinary exams at each checkpoint.
Mushers speed through many checkpoints, so the dogs get the briefest visual
checks, if that. Rather than pull sick dogs from the race, veterinarians
often administer massive doses of antibiotics to keep them running.

Most Iditarod dogs live at the end of a chain between events. 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,

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Responses

  1. It seems like you’re forgetting that dogs have survived Alaskan temperatures for centuries. In fact the Iditarod Race is based on the dogs who ran from Nome to get vaccines for their villages. These dogs are bred to survive cold winters and most in fact prefer sleeping outdoors than indoors.

    Most dogs are very well cared for and their owners look at them as part of the family.

    Dagny
    http://www.grizzlet.com
    http://www.dogsleddingtherockies.com


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