Kinship Circle: Save Iditarod Dogs

January 29th, 2009 8:40 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at]
Date: Jan 27, 2009 1:38 PM
Subject: Save Iditarod Dogs [FRIENDS OF KC ALERT]

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1/27/09: Save Iditarod Dogs From Brutality
WRITE To Sponsors & Supporters


Sled Dog Action Coalition,

Kinship Circle - 2009-01-27 - Save Iditarod Dogs

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.


1. CONTACT INFORMATION (sample letter follows)



(addresses, names, phone/fax)


* 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


marianne.amssoms [at], investor [at], John_Ford [at], Darien_e.wilson [at], investorrelations [at], investor.relations [at], executive-editor [at], rick.ludwin [at], info [at], corporate_communications [at], investorrelations [at], aly.noormohamed [at], rick.blake [at], rosepr [at], aarpmagazine [at], Anne.sweeney [at], rick.ludwin [at], lee.davies [at], wayne.hearn [at], betsy.o’rourke [at], info [at], mark.kroeger [at], Christopher.Gay [at], charlene.jagannath [at], karen_dmochowsky [at], jlopes [at], tedronneburger [at], PDoyle [at], roy.a.betts [at], info [at], Shareholders.IM [at], corporate.communications [at], mary.dillon [at], yum.investor [at], mike.morgan [at], toyota_cares [at], sarah.palin [at], Virginia.Q.Sanchez [at], tmattia [at], Catherine.Gacad [at]


Catherine.Gacad [at], rabello [at], jbenson [at], investor_relations [at], biorigin [at], kroger.investors [at], media [at], Spring.Jeffrey [at], editor [at], newsroom [at], bigshow [at], comments [at], angie [at], curt.hansen [at], jpenchoff [at], info [at], bspeltz [at], info [at], cstorey [at], pubaffmr [at], enterprise.comments [at], investor.relations [at], investor_relations [at], rwhatley [at], info [at], abbietaylor [at], gene [at], information [at], info [at], ablank [at], info [at], Ethel.Minchello [at], info [at], customerservice [at], info [at], portgamble [at], lat62 [at], boardofdirectors [at], info [at], info [at], nschnell [at]


reservations [at], info [at], post [at], mahays [at], kneern [at], raft [at], customerservice [at], morsecin [at], morsecin [at], mfrank [at], cherylm [at], MBenedetti [at], pmaddock [at], principal.perryes [at], jacksonj [at], ktrail [at], lmilitello [at], michele_svihovec [at], streadaw [at], sonja.braziel [at], mmaddox2 [at], jquick [at], LHall [at], info [at], info [at], info [at], info [at], office [at], alaskarv [at], fishhomer [at], info [at], alaskarv [at], awp [at], media [at], davidnee [at], wginsberg [at], natas [at], wendy [at], webmaster [at], wellingj [at]


info [at], info [at], rodney.bolls [at], info [at], bbroquet [at], websales [at], wccinfo [at], help [at], AskMLP [at], investor_relations [at], msteele [at], info [at], fhees [at], info [at], Mayor [at], ircontact [at],
info [at], info [at], info [at], mathew [at], info [at], info [at], info [at], ruediger.henke [at], ahelion [at], lodging [at], khabermann [at], sales [at], info [at], para [at], jay [at], info [at], manager [at], info [at], mayor [at], resumes [at], Lbeck [at], sean.karin [at], socks [at], rtraini [at]


2. SAMPLE LETTER from SledDogAC [at]
Kinship Circle did not write/research this sample letter.


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,

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.





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One Response to “Kinship Circle: Save Iditarod Dogs”

  1. Scott Says:

    Thank you for this. The mistreatment of dogs is more wide spread than people believe. My girl is a dog trainer and many people who own dogs should’nt.

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