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News :: Environment
Boycott Sponsors of Brutal Iditarod Dog Race
06 Mar 2006
in the 1100 mile race, dogs die of freezing,
injury, starvation, drowning

From the Sled Dog Action Coalition,

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. A list of what happens to them during the Iditarod includes death, paralysis, penile frostbite, bleeding ulcers, broken bones, pneumonia, torn muscles and tendons, diarrhea, vomiting, hypothermia, fur loss, broken teeth, viral diseases, torn footpads, ruptured discs, sprains, anemia and lung damage.

How do sick animals run the 1,100 miles across frozen tundra and through icy waters? Veterinarians give them massive doses of antibiotics to keep them going. Anemia tires the dogs but mushers force them to run mile after grueling mile. No one knows how many dogs die after this tortuous ordeal or during training.

Please send protest emails to race supporters using the list below of organizations that are 2006 Iditarod race sponsors, musher sponsors, or Iditarod promoters. Emails are first given in block form and then individually under the sample letter. Email addresses with semi-colons in block form can be found at on the bottom of the page.

ALL EMAIL ADDRESSES - for easy sending, copy and paste as a bunch into your "Blind Copy" box:

communitymatters (at), Media_Inquiries (at), info (at), rklein (at), stacy.roughan (at), myace (at), media (at), press (at), helen.ostrowski (at), Customer.Service (at), ir.dcx (at), pressinquiries (at), marketing (at), investorrelations (at), kroger.investors (at), chendricks (at), enterprise.comments (at), newsroom (at), jill.zanger (at), mark.parker (at), jerry_nix (at), dan.davids (at), skruse (at), abuckelew (at), matthew.baldacci (at), markus.schunk (at), ptosi (at), lhopkins (at), info (at), media (at), sales (at), public.relations (at), public.relations (at), AuditCommitteeChairman (at), corporatesales (at), aritchie (at), (at), tjacobs (at), info (at), Shareholders.IM (at), investor.relations (at), contact.privacy (at), amy_phillips (at), bhehn (at), trey.harris (at), sportcare (at), richard.edwards (at), bbutter (at), Sales (at), bigr (at), equinox (at), neos (at), info (at), ssolomon (at), gisx (at), employment (at), investor_relations (at), gail (at), lkoenigsberg (at), jalley (at), dgarrett (at), rortiz (at), spicchi (at), wklaus (at), tfiedler (at), newsbur (at), denise.roberts (at), Linda.Robertson (at), beglaum (at), Szczepanskis (at), lekeating (at), rhanzelka (at), contact (at), library (at), School_Board (at), webmaster (at), emailbag (at), john.devine (at), wford (at), tricon.investor (at), nationalaccounts (at), jdc (at), masmith (at), info (at), international (at), redpaw (at), gene (at), sales (at), info (at), feedback (at), wilderinfo (at), franchising (at), rputney (at), info (at), contact (at), info (at), info (at), rmacauley (at), boositr (at), ingrid (at), sales (at), jim (at), Michelle.Stalford (at), dennis (at), gurken (at), inquiries (at), info (at), support (at), businessloan.stpeter (at), barbra (at), fschnoor (at), mwittman (at), fanningm (at), ahelion (at), wjjq (at), email (at), jharling (at), Sales (at), files (at), droewe (at), herbsallin1 (at), john (at), fotograf (at), info (at), cerdey (at), DWalker (at), dsmith (at), Judy.Stang (at), info (at), suzi (at), Ken_Rietz (at), info (at), artsinfo (at), ccarts (at), ghill (at), mbrownlow (at),
lhinton (at), mwalther (at), dknol (at), gcalloway (at)


Dear Iditarod Supporter:

Please stop supporting the barbaric Iditarod dog sled race. Mushers treat their dogs abominably. In the Iditarod, dogs are forced to run 1,150 miles, which is the approximate distance between Miami, Florida and New York City, over a grueling terrain in 8 to 15 days. USA Today sports columnist Jon Saraceno called the Iditarod "a travesty of grueling proportions" and "Ihurtadog." Fox sportscaster Jim Rome called it "I-killed-a-dog." Orlando Sentinel sports columnist George Diaz said the race is "a barbaric ritual" and "an illegal sweatshop for dogs."

Please visit the Sled Dog Action Coalition website and be sure to read the quotes on . All the material on the site is true and verifiable.

Iditarod dogs are simply not the invincible animals race officials portray. Here's a short list of what happens to the dogs during the race: death, paralysis, penile frostbite, bleeding ulcers, broken bones, pneumonia, torn muscles and tendons, diarrhea, vomiting, hypothermia, fur loss, broken teeth, viral diseases, torn footpads, ruptured discs, sprains, anemia and lung damage.

How do sick animals run the 1,100 miles across frozen tundra and through icy waters? Veterinarians give them massive doses of antibiotics to keep them going. Anemia tires the dogs but mushers force them to run mile after grueling mile.

At least 126 dogs have died in the Iditarod. No one knows how many dogs die after this tortuous ordeal or during training.

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 cross, 81 percent have lung damage. A report published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine said that 61 percent of the dogs who finish the Iditarod have ulcers versus zero percent pre-race.

Tom Classen, retired Air Force colonel and Alaskan resident for over 40 years, tells us that the dogs are beaten into submission:

"They've had the hell beaten out of them." "You don't just whisper into their ears, 'OK, stand there until I tell you to run like the devil.' They understand one thing: a beating. These dogs are beaten into submission the same way elephants are trained for a circus. The mushers will deny it. And you know what? They are all lying." -USA Today, March 3, 2000 in Jon Saraceno's column.

Mushers believe in "culling" or killing unwanted dogs, 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 or clubbed to death. "Dogs are clubbed with baseball bats and if they don't pull are dragged to death in harnesses....." wrote Alaskan Mike Cranford in an article for Alaska's Bush Blade Newspaper (March, 2000).

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."

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



Cabelas (sporting goods)
Email: Customer.Service (at)

Daimler Chrysler
Email: ir.dcx (at)

Email: pressinquiries (at)

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels
Email: marketing (at)

Wells Fargo & Company
Email:investorrelations (at)

Kroger Co. (Fred Meyer Stores)
Email: kroger.investors (at)

Spenard Builders (Lanoga Corporation)
Email: ssolomon (at)

Office Tech (Global Imaging Systems, Inc.)
Email: gisx (at)

ChevronTexaco Corportation
Email: pubaffmr (at)

Exxon Mobil Corporation
Email: enterprise.comments (at)

Anchorage Daily News (Mc Clatchy Company)
Email: chendricks (at)

Providence Health System
Email: employment (at)

Global Information Technologies
Email: sales (at)

Alaska Airlines (Alaska Air Group)
Email: newsroom (at)


TIME for Kids
Email: emailbag (at)

Nike, Inc.
Email: mark.parker (at)
Email: jill.zanger (at)

NAPA Auto Parts (Genuine Parts Company)
Email: jerry_nix (at)

The History Channel - USA
Email: dan.davids (at)

Porter Novelli
Email: helen.ostrowski (at)

Holland America Line (Carnival Corporation)
Email: skruse (at)
Email: abuckelew (at)

Scholastic Corporation
Email: investor_relations (at)

St. Martin's Press, LLC (Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck)
Email: matthew.baldacci (at)
Email: markus.schunk (at)

Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Email: ptosi (at)

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Puget Sound Affiliate
Email: gail (at)

Boy Scouts of America, National Council
Email:lhopkins (at)

Workman Publishing Company
Email: info (at)

Girl Scouts of the USA
Email: media (at)

Avid Microchips (Avid Identification Systems, Inc.)
Email: sales (at)

Microtel Inns (US Franchise Systems, Inc.)
Email: public.relations (at)

Email: public.relations (at)
Email: stefan.caspari (at)

EMC Corporaton
Email: AuditCommitteeChairman (at)

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
Email: corporatesales (at)

Wellness Community Greater Boston
Email: lkoenigsberg (at)

National Association of Collegiate Women Athletes Administration
Email: jalley (at)

Prevent Blindness America
Email: dgarrett (at)

United States Association of Blind Athletes
Email: rortiz (at)

Antigo Middle School
Email: dknol (at)

Plainfield Community Consolidated School District
Email: spicchi (at)

North High School
Email:tfiedler (at)
Email: wklaus (at)

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Email: newsbur (at)

Thompson Elementary School
Email: denise.roberts (at)
Email: Linda.Robertson (at)

National Center University of Missouri System
Email: beglaum (at)

Avon East Elementary School
Email: Szczepanskis (at)

Massachusetts School Library Media Association
Email: dsmith (at)

MassCUE, Inc.
Email: lekeating (at)

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
Email: rhanzelka (at)

Foundation for Excellence
Email: cerdey (at)

Bartholomew County Public Library
Email: library (at)

Cesar Chavez Elementary School
Email: School_Board (at)

Education World (
Email: contact (at)

Charles C. Cashman Elementary School
Email: suzi (at)

Email: Ken_Rietz (at)

Foundation Fighting Blindness
Email: info (at)

Copper Country Community Arts Center
Email: ccarts (at)

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
Email: artsinfo (at)

Schneck School
Email: gcalloway (at)


Morgan Stanley
Email: communitymatters (at)

Celeste Pizza (Pinnacle Foods Group, Inc.)
Email: Media_Inquiries (at)

Second Wind Energy Snack (S&M NuTec, LLC) - (Makes GREENIES)
Email: info (at)

Burger King Corporation
Email: rklein (at)

International House of Pancakes (IHOP, Corp.)
Email: stacy.roughan (at)

Ace Hardware
Email: myace (at)

Energizer Batteries (Energizer Holdings, Inc.)
Email: BatteryInfo (at)

The Dish Network (EchoStar Communications Corp.)
Email: press (at)

Sportsman's Wearhouse
Email: info (at)

Jiffy Lube International, Inc. (Shell Oil Company)
Email: mpaine (at)
Email: ir-hague (at)

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation
Email: (at)

CELLULARONE (Dobson Communications Corp.)
Email: tjacobs (at)

Stancorp Financial Group, Inc.
Email: info (at)

Eukanuba/Iams (Procter & Gamble Company)
Email: Shareholders.IM (at)

Blockbuster Video
Email: investor.relations (at)

McDonalds Restaurants (McDonald Corporation)
Email: contact.privacy (at)

Ford Motor Company
Email: wford (at)

General Motors
Email: john.devine (at)

Taco Bell/Denali Foods (Franchisor: Yum! Brands, Inc.)
Email: tricon.investor (at)

Outdoor Life Network (Comcast Corp.)
Email: amy_phillips (at)
Email: amy_banse (at)

UGI Corporation (AmeriGas)
Email: nationalaccounts (at)

Alacer Corp.
Email: bhehn (at)

Polar Max
Email: trey.harris (at)

Quench Gum (Mueller Sports Medicine, Inc.)
Email: sportcare (at)

Polaris Industries Inc.
Email: richard.edwards (at)

Tollgrade Communications, Inc.
Email: info (at)

Eyak Tek (Eyak Technology, LLC)
Email: Sales (at)

Big R Stores
Email: bigr (at)

Equinox Industries Ltd.
Email: equinox (at)

NEOS Overshoe
Email: neos (at)

National Pet Products
Email: info (at)

Northern Outfitters
Email: mail (at)

Eagle Premium Pet Foods/Eagle Pet Products, Inc.
mail: jdc (at) (a division of Arrowhead Fabric)
Email: info (at)

Grabber Performance Group
Email: international (at)

Blackwood Dog Food (The Blackwood Corporation)
Email: info (at)

Redpaw Feeds
Email: redpaw (at)

Email: gene (at)

Edmund Industrial Optics
Email: sales (at)

American Dehydrated Foods, Inc.
Email: info (at)

Atta Boy (American Nutrition, Inc.)
Email: feedback (at)

Wilder Construction Company
Email: wilderinfo (at)

Adventure Unlimited Ranches
Email: info (at)

Batteries Plus
Email: franchising (at)

Grossman Chevrolet
Email: rputney (at)

Royal Canin USA, Inc.
Email: info (at)

Pro Pac Pet Food (Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. )
Email: contact (at)

Cold Spot Feeds
Email: info (at)

Isis for Women
Email: info (at)

Sleep Diagnostics of Michigan
Email: rmacauley (at)

Auburn University Veterinary Sports Medicine Program
Email: boositr (at)

Lowa Outdoor and Ski Boots
Email: ingrid (at)

Tomahawk Log & Country Homes
Email: sales (at)

Timbernet, Inc.
Email: jim (at)

Mountain House Freeze Dried Foods (Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc.)
Email: Michelle.Stalford (at)

Email: dennis (at)

Quick Heat Warmers (Import Merchandisers, Inc.)
Email: gurken (at)

Independence Excavating, Inc.
Email: inquiries (at)

Deland Middle School
Email: mkrajews (at)
Email: masmith (at)

Stormy Kromer Mercantile
Email: info (at)

American Longevity
Email: comments (at)

First National Bank - Minnesota
Email: businessloan.stpeter (at)
Email: barbra (at)

Rocky Ridge Elementary
Email: fschnoor (at)

Graytown Elementary
Email: mwittman (at)

Danbury local schools (Ohio)
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East Bradford Elementary
Email: ahelion (at)

WJJQ Radio
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Murphy Desmond Law Offices
Email: email (at)

Wheelin' Sportsmen Program (National Wildlife Turkey Foundation)
Email: jharling (at)

OddsOn Recording
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Metal Magic
Email: files (at)

Building Industry Association of Clark County
Email: kgroen (at)

Nature Cure Bee Caps
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Northern Outfitters
Email: DWalker (at)

Evaz Group
Email: john (at)

Fotograf Ann Sissel Jenssen
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Glen Grove Elementary School
Email:mbrownlow (at)

Hoffman School
Email: ghill (at)

Westbrook Elementary School
Email: lhinton (at)

Amaize (Marsland Laboratories)
Email message box:

Dr. Tim's Pet Food Company
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