The Iditarod is a long, grueling race that has become synonymous with animal abuse, causing hundreds of injuries and deaths. Dogs' paws become bruised and bloodied and are cut by the ice. Many dogs incur stress fractures or become sick with intestinal viruses. Dogs often die in the 1,150-plus-mile race from hypothermia, pneumonia, gastric ulcers, accidents, beatings, and "sled dog myopathy"—literally being run to death. Twenty dogs used in the Iditarod have died since 2005. On average, more than half the dogs who start the race don't make it across the finish line, and 81 percent of those who do finish have lung damage, according to a report published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
Compassionate companies have pulled their sponsorship of this cruel event, including Nestle, Rite Aid, Panasonic, Safeway, Maxwell House, True Value Hardware, BP Amoco, Sherwin-Williams, Upjohn, Tropicana, Pizza Hut, Costco, and Pfizer Pharmacia—and, just this week, the Transportation Security Administration.
With the Iditarod starting on March 5, we need your help to urge the remaining sponsors to end their support of this cruel event.
Please take a moment to send an e-mail to the executives of the companies that are still sponsoring the Iditarod. (You only need to submit the form once to contact all the executives.) Ask them to cancel their sponsorship of this event, which results in injured, and often dead, dogs.
Please take action! You can send messages here:
Noted and signed. Thank you Betty.
Signed the petition. I sent person e-mails to all sponsors, and almost all came back without a comment, or was returned back as a bad address.
That happened to me also. I guess they don't want to hear it.