Please help save Alaskan Huskies from abuse.

Ash KAsh K Saranac LakePosts: 967Member
edited 14 May, 2013 in Alaskan Husky
The Iditarod will be upon us in just over a month, and Alaskan Husky sled dogs who are being neglected, abused and killed before, during and after the race need you to speak up for them! Please check out the action alert below, from the Sled Dog Action Coalition. --------------------------- Contact information, groups of email addresses and sample letter are below: Iditarod dogs suffer horrendous cruelty every day of their lives. Please help these dogs by sending protest emails to the 2013 race supporters. Mushers have drowned, shot, bludgeoned and dragged many dogs to death. For example, Iditarod musher Dave Olesen drowned a litter of newborn puppies. Another musher got rid of unwanted puppies by tying them in a bag and tossing the bag in a creek. Mushers even have a saying about not breeding dogs unless they can drown them: “Those who cannot drown should not breed.” Terrible things happen to dogs during the Iditarod. This includes: death, bloody diarrhea, paralysis, frostbite (where it hurts the most!), bleeding ulcers, lung damage, pneumonia, ruptured discs, viral diseases, kennel cough, broken bones, torn muscles and extreme stress. At least 142 dogs have died in the race, including four dogs who froze to death in the brutal cold. Veterinary care during the Iditarod is poor. In the 2012 race, one of Lance Mackey's male dogs ripped out all of his 16 toenails trying to get to a female who was in heat. This type of broken toenail is extremely painful. Mackey, a four-time Iditarod winner, said he was too stubborn to leave this dog at a checkpoint and veterinarians allowed Mackey to continue to race him. Imagine the agony the dog was forced to endure. Here's another example: Veterinarians have allowed dogs with kennel cough to race in the Iditarod even though dogs with this disease should be kept warm and given lots of rest. Strenuous exercise can cause lung damage, pneumonia and even death. To make matters worse, kennel cough is a highly contagious disease that normally lasts from 10 to 21 days. Most Internet service providers allow people to send up to 40 email addresses at a time. For your convenience, email addresses for the 2013 Iditarod sponsors, promoters, and musher sponsors have been divided into groups of 40. Please email the first group first. Scroll down to find the sample letter. Under it you'll find individual email addresses for race supporters. Email groups with semicolons are on http://www.helpsleddogs.org/sponsors.htm. The Sled Dog Action Coalition has documentation to prove what it says and will provide it upon request. --------------------------- GROUP ONE OF FOUR: [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 OF FOUR: [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 OF FOUR: [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], dm[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 OF FOUR: [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) Dear Iditarod Supporter: Iditarod dogs suffer horrendous cruelty every day of their lives. Please end your organization's support of this event. Mushers have drowned, shot, bludgeoned and dragged many dogs to death. For example, Iditarod musher Dave Olesen drowned a litter of newborn puppies. Another musher got rid of unwanted puppies by tying them in a bag and tossing the bag in a creek. Mushers even have a saying about not breeding dogs unless they can drown them: “Those who cannot drown should not breed.” Terrible things happen to dogs during the Iditarod. This includes: death, bloody diarrhea, paralysis, frostbite (where it hurts the most!), bleeding ulcers, lung damage, pneumonia, ruptured discs, viral diseases, kennel cough, broken bones, torn muscles and extreme stress. At least 142 dogs have died in the race, including four dogs who froze to death in the brutal cold. Veterinary care during the Iditarod is poor. In the 2012 race, one of Lance Mackey's male dogs ripped out all of his 16 toenails trying to get to a female who was in heat. This type of broken toenail is extremely painful. Mackey, a four-time Iditarod winner, said he was too stubborn to leave this dog at a checkpoint and veterinarians allowed Mackey to continue to race him. Imagine the agony the dog was forced to endure. Here's another example: Veterinarians have allowed dogs with kennel cough to race in the Iditarod even though dogs with this disease should be kept warm and given lots of rest. Strenuous exercise can cause lung damage, pneumonia and even death. To make matters worse, kennel cough is a highly contagious disease that normally lasts from 10 to 21 days. Iditarod dogs endure brutal training. Jeanne Olson, who has been a veterinarian in Alaska since 1988, confirmed the brutality used by mushers training dogs for the Iditarod. She talked about dogs having cracked ribs, broken jaws or skulls from mushers using two-by-fours for punishment. In an article published by the University of Alaska, Dr. Olson said, "There are mushers out there whose philosophy is...that if that dog acts up I will hit that dog to the point where it would rather die than do what it did, 'cause the next time it is gonna die.'" For more facts about Iditarod dog cruelties: Sled Dog Action Coalition, http://www.helpsleddogs.org. Please end your organization's association with this horrific race. Sincerely, --------------------------- IDITAROD SPONSORS: Donlin Gold (Barrick/Novagold Resources Company) Email: [email protected], [email protected] K & L Distributors, Inc. (AB-Inbev distributor) Email: [email protected], [email protected] Chrysler Group LLC Email: [email protected], [email protected] Coca-Cola Email: [email protected], [email protected] Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Email: [email protected] Wells Fargo & Company Email: [email protected] Exxon Mobil Corporation Email: [email protected], [email protected] Anchorage Daily News (Mc Clatchy Company) Email: [email protected], [email protected] Providence Health System Email: [email protected], [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 Anchorage Email: [email protected] The City of Nome Email: [email protected] Horizon Lines Email: [email protected] General Communication, Inc. (GCI) Email: [email protected], [email protected] Alcan Signs Email:[email protected] Alaska Serigraphics Email: [email protected] IonEarth Email: [email protected], [email protected] Northern Air Cargo Email: [email protected] Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Email: [email protected] Tidewater Email: [email protected], [email protected] Alaska Mining & Diving Supply, Inc. Email:[email protected] Spenard Builders Supply Email: [email protected] Craig Taylor Equipment Company Email:[email protected] Life Med Alaska Email: [email protected] IDITAROD PROMOTERS: Target Corporation Target Corporation Email: [email protected], [email protected] Microsoft Flight (Edelman) Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] Ralph Lauren Corporation Email: [email protected], [email protected] Diabetic Living (Meredith Corporation) Email: [email protected] Carhartt, Inc. Email: [email protected] Globus Family of Brands Email: [email protected] Sierra Club Email: [email protected] Chicago Park District Email: [email protected] Uhaul (Amerco) Email: [email protected], [email protected] Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals Email: [email protected] Outside Magazine (Mariah Media) Email: [email protected] Talk of the Nation (National Public Radio) Email: [email protected] APCO International Email: [email protected] Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean Email: [email protected], [email protected] Discovery Communications, Inc. Email: [email protected], [email protected] Norwegian Cruise Line (Genting HK, Apollo Global Management, TGP Creative Capital) Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] Carnival Corporation Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] Scholastic Corporation Email: [email protected] Silversea Cruises Email: [email protected] Regent Seven Seas Cruises Email: [email protected] Forest Preserve District of Will County Email: [email protected] Great Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Email: [email protected] The Right Path for Washington County Email: [email protected] Principal Media Email: [email protected] Anne Z. Cooke and Steve Haggerty Email: [email protected] Miami Herald Email: [email protected], [email protected] The Atlantic Email: [email protected] MUSHER SPONSORS: Royal Canin (Mars Incorporated) Email: [email protected], [email protected] Canada Goose Email: [email protected], [email protected] NAPA Auto Parts Email: c[email protected] NEOS overshoe (Honeywell International) Email: [email protected], [email protected] Denny's Corporation (restaurants) Email: [email protected], [email protected] Blockbuster (DISH Network L.L.C.) Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] Rick Steves' Europe: Tours, Trip Planning, Travel Guides Email: [email protected], [email protected] Intrado Email: [email protected], [email protected] Halliburton Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] Eukanuba (Procter & Gamble Company) Email: [email protected], [email protected] United States Coast Guard Email: [email protected], [email protected] Jiffy Lube International, Inc. and Shell Oil Company Email: [email protected] Eagle Pack/WellPet (Berwind-White Coal Mining Company) (sponsor) Email: [email protected], [email protected] Aperio Email: [email protected] Touch 'n Seal (Convenience Products, division of Clayton Corp.) Email: [email protected] Batteries Plus LLC Email: [email protected] Lupine Lighting Systems Email:[email protected] Remington Technologies, LLC Email: [email protected] Teck Resources Limited Email: [email protected] Oomingmak (Musk Ox Producers' Co-operative) Email: [email protected] Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites (The Packard Companies) Email: [email protected] J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. Email: [email protected] Redpaw Feed Email: [email protected] Usibelli Coal Mine Email: [email protected] Grabber Hand Warmers Email: [email protected] Wedgewood Resort (Fountainhead Hotels) Email: [email protected] Bradley Reid & Associates Email: [email protected] SprocketHeads Email: [email protected] Intuition Boot Liners Email: [email protected] Northern Outfitters E-Mail: [email protected] Trapper's Creek Smoking Company Email: [email protected] St. Elias Hospital Email: [email protected] Geneva Woods Pharmacy, Inc. Email: [email protected] CAC Plastics Email: [email protected] Selwyn Resources, Ltd. Email: [email protected] Wiggy’s Inc. Email: [email protected] Arctic Slope Regional Corporation Email: [email protected] American Dehydrated Foods, Inc. Email: [email protected] Fly Denali, Inc. Email: [email protected] Snug Harbor Seafoods E-mail: [email protected] Alpine Creek Lodge LLC Email: [email protected] Ryan Air Email: [email protected] Specsavers Optical Superstores Ltd Email: [email protected] Trident Seafoods Email: [email protected] Anderes Oil, Inc. Email: [email protected] Fish Creek Company Email: [email protected] Akiak Native Community Email: [email protected] Valley Chiropractic Clinic Email: [email protected] Yummy Chummies (Arctic Paws, LLC) Email: [email protected] Great Alaska Lumberjack Show (Lumberjack Sports International) Email: [email protected] LCITW.com Email: [email protected] A.L. Mitchell & Associates Email: [email protected] Mahays Riverboat Service Email: [email protected] Susitna River Lodging Email: [email protected] Michele’s Café (Café Michele) Email: [email protected] Mountain High Pizza Pie Email: [email protected] Latitude 62 Lodge Email: [email protected] Alaska Floats & Skis Email: [email protected] Wild Rose B and B Email: [email protected] Talkeetna Aero Email: [email protected] Sky Trekking Alaska Email: [email protected] Crystal Creek Lodge Email: [email protected] Dr. Kipp Erickson Email: [email protected] Tangle River Inn Email: [email protected] Petro Marine Services Email: [email protected] Icicle Seafoods, Inc. Email: [email protected] Buffalo Peak Outfitters Email: [email protected] Triple Creek Ranch Email: [email protected] Tiger Scientific Email: [email protected] Diversified Systems Resources Email: [email protected], [email protected] Ground Effect Media Email: [email protected] Ibex Outdoor Clothing LLC Email: [email protected] Non-stopdogwear.no Email: [email protected] Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel and Crematory E-mail: [email protected] Surface Works Countertops Email: [email protected] Alaska Frontier North Pawn & Loan Email: [email protected] Kaladi Brothers Email: [email protected] McKinleyWelding.com Email: [email protected] Ferguson Enterprises Inc. Email: [email protected] Manitoba Mukluks Email: [email protected] Ace Air Cargo Email: [email protected] Scurion Lamps Email: [email protected] Live Large design Email: [email protected] Sterling Auction & Realty Services Email: [email protected] Bering Air E-mail: [email protected], [email protected] Cook Inlet Aquaculture Assn Email: [email protected] Famous Dave's BBQ Email: [email protected] Shemin Nurseries, Inc. Email: [email protected] No Room (NR4E) LLC Email: [email protected] Kenai Veterinary Hospital Email: [email protected] Kasilof Enterprises Email: [email protected] AnchorageSatellitePhones.com Email: [email protected] Accupoint Inc. Email: [email protected], [email protected] Dogbooties.com Email: [email protected] Northwest Passages, Inc. mail: [email protected] Alaska Industrial Hardware Email:[email protected] MTA Email: [email protected]

Comments

  • Meredith MapesMeredith Mapes PalmerPosts: 1,351Member
    edited 30 March, 2013
    I've never seen evidence of the supposed cruelties mentioned here, and the person who runs the 'Sled Dog Action Coalition' lives in Florida and has never actually witnessed the Iditarod, or even seen sled dogs in action in Alaska. As a musher who's raced for over 13 years, this post is crazy. I've worked for two Iditarod champions, and I've raced against even more, and they all take incredibly good care of their dogs. The dogs won't run if they're not healthy. Of course, there are bad apples in every sport, like Lance Armstrong in his sport. But you cannot judge all cyclists on one person's actions with doping, so why would you except us to stop racing dogs when one person is messed up in the head and mistreats their dogs? As for Lance's dog, I cannot imagine a vet letting the dog continue racing if they knew that had happened to the dog. For example, this year one musher had a dog who's heart rate was elevated, and the musher wanted to continue racing it because the dog was scared of the vets and that's why it's heart rate was elevated (sled dogs can be quite skittish around big men, and these vets were men) but they forced him to drop the dog anyway, out of concern for the animal's health. There is at least one or two vet's in every checkpoint, and they always look at every dog when the musher stops. Thank you for this list of everyone who sponsors the Iditarod, I shall be sure to send them a thank you message for their continued support of the race. Especially since I plan to run it myself in 2016. Any questions about dog mushing and the supposed cruelty the dogs undergo, feel free to send me a message, I can tell you anything and everything you want to know.
  • Ash KAsh K Saranac LakePosts: 967Member
    edited 14 May, 2013
    It's sad that you choose to perpetuate the abuse just because you think it is "saving" the sport. The sport needs HUMANE mushers, not people who chain and abuse animals. :-h
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