SDAC ALERT: Save Iditarod dogs from brutality – Write to Sponsors

Monday, March 9th, 2009

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From: – SledDogAC [at] aol.com
Date: Sat, Mar 7, 2009 at 11:12 AM
Subject: ALERT: Save Iditarod dogs from brutality – WRITE
To: SledDogAC [at] aol.com

Please send protest emails and forward this alert widely.

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

Imagine the cruelties these cute sled dog pups will eventually experience in the Iditarod.

Contact information, email blocks and sample letter are below.

Please help end the barbaric treatment of dogs by sending protest emails to organizations that support the Iditarod. What happens to the dogs during the Iditarod 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.

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…”

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 are killed with a shot to the head, dragged, drowned or clubbed to death.

When they’re not hauling people, most Iditarod dogs are forced to live at the end of a chain. 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 40 email addresses at a time. For your convenience, the addresses have been divided into groups of 40. 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 73 mushers who signed up for the 2009 Iditarod. Email blocks with semicolons are on
http://www.helpsleddogsorg/sponsors.htm .

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Kinship Circle: Save Iditarod Dogs

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

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

Kinship Circle - Friends of KC Banner

Kinship Circle does not write/research these alerts. We’re not responsible for their accuracy. Please do NOT hit reply! Contact alert-writers directly.

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

SOURCE / REPLY TO:

FOR QUESTIONS, CONTACT: SledDogAC [at] aol.com
Sled Dog Action Coalition, http://www.helpsleddogs.org

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.

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SDAC: ALERT: Help save Iditarod dogs from brutality – WRITE

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

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From: SledDogAction – SledDogAction [at] helpsleddogs.org
Date: Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 6:55 PM
Subject: ALERT: Help save Iditarod dogs from brutality – WRITE

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.

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SDAC: HELP: Animal cruelty favored by Miami-Dade Commissioners – WRITE

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

UPDATE, 2/5/08:

Here’s a more recent alert, with a sample letter, also from SDAC:

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ACT: Help abused dogs in Miami, Florida – WRITE
Posted by: SledDogAC [at] aol.com
Fri Feb 1, 2008 8:03 pm (PST)
Please write and forward widely

Sample letter and email block follow:

Chained dogs bake outside in the intense tropical heat and sun of Miami-Dade County. Imagine how painful it is for a dog when a scorching hot metal chain touches his paws, nose or genitals. Chained dogs are also subject to tropical storm and hurricane force winds. On Jan. 22, 2008, the Miami-Dade County Commission rejected a tethering ordinance that would have established humane conditions for tethering. The ordinance would have required people to be outside when their dogs are chained. Please help the chained dogs of Miami-Dade County by writing to the commissioners of Miami-Dade County.

Commissioner emails:

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SDAC: ALERT: ESPN nomimates musher in cruel Iditarod for award

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

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From: SledDogAC [at] aol.com
Date: Jun 26, 2007 5:19 PM
Subject: {Update} ALERT: ESPN nominates musher in cruel Iditarod for award

{Please note that you have to scroll down to find the category “Best Outdoor Athlete}

PLEASE CROSSPOST

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

Iditarod musher Lance Mackey was nominated by ESPN for an ESPY award in the “Best Outdoor Athlete” category. Winners are picked by people voting online.

Go to http://espn.go.com/espy2007/#/vote/ and on the right side of the page click on “Best Outdoor Athlete.” You have to scroll down to find the category. Highlight someone other than Lance Mackey and click the submit button. Voting ends July 7.

The Iditarod has a long well-documented history of dog deaths, illnesses and injuries. What happens to the dogs during the race includes death, paralysis, penile frostbite, bleeding ulcers, bloody diarrhea, lung damage, pneumonia, ruptured discs, viral diseases, broken bones, torn muscles and tendons, vomiting, hypothermia, sprains, torn footpads and anemia.

In the Iditarod, dogs do all the work. Mushers sit or lie down on their sleds and sometimes sleep while racing their dogs into the ground. Iditarod mushers don’t deserve awards.

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SDAC ALERT: Iditarod "documentary" nominated for Emmy Award – WRITE

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

UPDATE, 6/5/07:

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From: SledDogAC [at] aol.com
To: easyVeganAlerts-owner [at] yahoogroups.com
Sent: Sunday, June 03, 2007 12:13 PM
Subject: ALERT: Film hyping cruel Iditarod wins Emmy Award – WRITE

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

On June 2, 2007, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter gave an Emmy Award to an Iditarod promotional film made by the Iditarod. The Emmy was given in the “News Specials” category.

The Academy say “News Specials” awards are given “For excellence in coverage of a one-time-only, significant, newsworthy event, occasion or topic aired outside any regularly scheduled news program. Subject should be an in-depth treatment of current topic.”

Tell The National Academy that films promoting Iditarod dog abuse should never receive an Emmy Award. Films that fail to detail the animal protection viewpoint of the race do not give in-depth news. They are pure hype.

EMAIL: dick.askin [at] emmyleader.org, rmesger [at] lippingroup.com, diane [at] asi-seattle.net

http://natasnw.org/awards/docs/44thAnnualRecipients.pdf

News Special

Iditarod Trail Productions, “Iditarod 34 – Mother Nature’s Turn to Dance”, Greg Heister, Producer/Writer/Editor, Terry Burge, Producer/Editor, Chas St. George, Executive In Charge (Chas. St. George is the Iditarod’s public relations director.)

Link to description of award: http://natasnw.org/forms/2007CallForEntries.pd

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SDAC ALERT: Who’s supporting Iditarod dog torture in 2007? – WRITE

Friday, February 16th, 2007

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From: SledDogAC [at] aol.com
Date: Feb 16, 2007 1:29 PM
Subject: ALERT: Who’s supporting Iditarod dog torture in 2007? – WRITE

PLEASE WRITE AND FORWARD WIDELY

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

Please help the Iditarod dogs by sending protest emails to race supporters. These dogs are helpless victims of profoundly inhumane treatment and cannot speak for themselves. What happens to them during the Iditarod includes death, paralysis, penile frostbite, bleeding ulcers, bloody diarrhea, lung damage, ruptured discs, viral diseases and pneumonia.

For the dogs, the Iditarod is a bottomless pit of suffering. Throughout this eight to 16-day competition, Iditarod personnel encourage mushers to race diseased dogs. Instead of pulling sick dogs from the race, veterinarians frequently give them massive doses of antibiotics to keep them running.

Veterinarians also work to help the mushers before the Iditarod begins. Although the dogs are often sick, veterinarians allow them to start the race anyway. One chief Iditarod veterinarian even published a musher/veterinary handbook advising mushers on how to avoid having prohibited substances detected in pre-race veterinary checks.

Please speak for the dogs by sending Iditarod supporters protest emails. The 2007 Iditarod sponsors, musher sponsors, race promoters and business members are listed below. Emails are first given in a group and then individually under the sample letter. Email addresses with semi-colons and commas in group form can be found on http://www.helpsleddogs.org/sponsors.htm at the bottom of the page.

ALL EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR IDITAROD SUPPORTERS – for easy sending, copy and paste as a bunch into your “Blind Copy” box. You may want to divide the block into several groups and email each one separately:

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