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Iditarod Mushers Drown Innocent Puppies ! PLEASE TAKE ACTION ! !

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- 1984 days ago -
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.

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Cher C (1429)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 7:54 am

Go here to find information so you can contact Iditarod race sponsors and promoters

Go here to find information so you can contact Iditarod musher supporters

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.'"


Pat B (356)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 7:59 am
Working on this one, Cher. Thanks.!

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 9:29 am
Have emailed all four groups and putting on facebook Having good look at any companies can boycott told them in emails This is appalling These dogs so lovely and helpful to man should not be treated like this by men that just sound like animals well they are worse than animalsm animals would not do this Really hope something gets done my heart goes our to these dogs What a sick world this is becoming

wendy k (224)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 10:29 am
so sad, have emailed, hope they listen, have tweeted tag also x wendy k x

aj E (164)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 10:48 am

Constance F (418)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 10:49 am
thank you ! Letter revised and Emails sent in blocks of four. Shared on fb. I know we did this last year, so I hope a few more drop off ! ! !

Kit B (276)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 11:05 am

I had wondered about the history of the Iditarod and recently learned that it began for a remarkable cause. Nome Alaska was seeing an outbreak of diphtheria in many children. The doctor knew getting a serum was the only chance these children had to survive. Finally a message was sent out and the serum began it's journey, but as that winter was extremely severe all the ports into Nome were inaccessible and the serum was delivered to Neena (sp?) Alaska. From there it began a long ride to Nome and the children in need. A plan was devised to for a relay, each team of dogs would take the serum for 30 miles in one of the coldest winters on record. No dogs were hurt but a few were recognized as heroes. It's a much longer story with many adventures along the way. But this sure didn't begin with cruelty to animals, that's the modern version.

Rock H (254)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 11:34 am
That's a long list of supporters. I sent an email to the top twenty addresses. Thanks Cher.

Donna Hamilton (159)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 11:42 am
Evil scum! Anyone who deliberately drowns a puppy deserves to suffer the same fate.

Noted. Thanks, Cher. Will send e-mails.

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 11:52 am
Had a bad answer back from 3 at moment one threatening legal action if they receive another from me Nice people a bit worried about the publicity it might stir up you think!

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 11:53 am
By the way one said he was putting more money in to supporting the race because of email!

naomi cohen (55)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 12:15 pm
sick bastards. the iditerod should be stopped now, and it never should have begun in the first place. thank you, cher.

Julie E (405)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 12:33 pm
Still emailing. I am going to start at the bottom when I go back to email addresses later after reading what Carol said. Love the picture of the puppies.
-Great story Kit!

Ruth M (235)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 1:05 pm

Michelle Roesch (5)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 4:04 pm

pam w (139)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 4:50 pm
We all owe you a star, Kit, for that explanation.

Constance F (418)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 5:18 pm
Yes, I got the legal action one from the welding co. in Alaska - Funny ! I think the anger is good = conflict in themselves. We were polite and just presented the facts. Nothing to get really angry about.

iveta NoFwdsPls cer (41)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 6:13 pm
This is horrible !!! Whats wrong with people ???!!!!

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 6:30 pm
We are guests on Earth and must never harm while here. Sent email to a dozen on the list.

Christine Stewart (134)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 7:48 pm
This likely happens to any sled dog teams- so if you visit Alaska, Canada, do NOT go on a dog sled ride, or you are contributing to this horrible industry.

Saturday January 12, 2013, 10:17 pm
Noted & will send some letters. Thanks Cher

Marie W (67)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 11:23 pm
Emails sent

Danuta W (1250)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 1:28 am

Jan Garen (86)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 2:16 am
Noted - this cruelty is in the same category as the carriage horse. Stop contributing to it by not going on a dog sled ride.

Joy W (103)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 2:52 am
Noted, thanks.

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 3:11 am
We've got to save the innocent and helpless

Tanya W (65)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 4:52 am

paul m (93)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 5:26 am

Any Government law woulden't allow this ,,,,make them work and stop this cruel act,,,now.

Jaime Alves (52)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 5:30 am

Carol H (229)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 5:36 am
unforgivable cruelty!!!!!! action to be taken!!!

Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 6:10 am
I tried to email one group and will try the rest later. It's disturbing. I know a woman who races in the Ididarod. She takes really good care of her dogs.

Irene Leggett (0)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 6:30 am
I sometimes wonder just how deep into the cess-pit of cruely, brutality, inhumanity and damn-right abuse some people will sink, all for the sake of greed, fun, sport and entertainment. These so-called 'mushers' and breeders are nothing but brain-dead, heartless, soul-less morons with egos far bigger than their compassion, their empathy and cetainly their moral ethics as they haven't got ANY. Low-life scum, every last one of them, nothing but animal abusers and torturers. Long may they rot in hell.

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 6:51 am
My letter isn't going to be too nice and they better not send me nasty mail- if you do, keep them for evidence!

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 7:22 am

Anneke A (279)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 7:28 am
sharing this again, thanks

Shirley S (187)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 7:49 am

End CrueltyDeb Williams-Shepard (154)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 10:24 am
Noted/Email sent to both Coke sponsors.

Kate A (10)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 10:34 am
S/N, thank u

Natalie V (27)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 1:22 pm
noted & sending emails

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 3:01 pm
Yes glad people still emailing Dont frighten me We were only stating facts No written abuse Felt like writing back and saying what they gonna do because of one email extradite me to USA Not exactly broken in to the Pentagon have I Sent one reply i had to the Sled dogs AC They are now sending them the facts from National Institute of Health website which they have so they wont like that Think they are angry from having guilty conscience

Marie W (67)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 5:44 pm
Received 3 emails back labeling my email as spam and threatening action if email them again.

tiffany t (142)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 8:11 pm
ok I know people are going to go ape shit on me but in 2006 I went to Alaska to watch the Iditarod. The ceremonial start is in Anchorage, the official start is in Wasilla, then the finish is in Nome. I was there for over a month, All of the dogs I witnessed loved what they were doing, most were hard to handle because they were so excited to get going, the mushers I met were passionate about their animals. I watch the race on the official web cast, so I can see individual mushers and their teams in real time, I check to see where the racers are and how many dogs are on the team at each check point, many times mushers leave their dogs at check point to be picked up if the dogs health is compromised. I just received an email asking for volunteers to help check in the teams and inspect people or animal injuries. the people have to scratch the race due to their own physical limitations against mother nature, more so than the dogs. I hope I do not get deleted from anybody friend list, I do appreciate what care2 and its members accomplish, I do appreciate the passion, laughter, and tears that many articles invoke. I just cannot believe that Lance Mackey would treat his team like that. His dogs are world renowned athletes. I just bought a book that was inspired by Jeff King called Elim by Joan Jackson, a young pup that followed Jeff King for 30 miles, then he contacted the owner to see if he could keep him and put him as part of the team, Elim, The Determined Athlete, is based on a true story and told according to the pup. Elim, The Determined Athlete, reveals the real reason a four month old Alaska village husky joined champion musher, Jeff King's team on the Iditarod trail. Uplifting and motivating, the reader learns about setting goals, working hard, proving oneself, and ignoring peers' rebuffs. Jeff King assisted the pup in becoming a real athlete - a sled dog, instead of just another basketball wanna-be. Softcover, 32 pages. Color illustrations. Written by Joan Jackson, I thought it had great messages for my daughter. I am so discouraged over this issue.


Leslene Dunn (84)
Monday January 14, 2013, 10:35 pm
Noted - absolutely appalling - what vicious evil bastards can do this - they need to be burnt at the stake.

juan G (15)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 11:12 pm

Barbara Erdman (63)
Thursday January 17, 2013, 8:15 am
Sadly Noted Cher :-(

SANDRA R (144)
Friday January 18, 2013, 8:06 am
Noted and email sent. Thank you Cher.

jules r (7)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 12:47 pm
noted , some people are just sick

Mónica Ayuga (109)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 5:01 pm
Todo el daño que estamos causando a los pobres e inocentes animales, algún día lo pagaremos caro !!

Yvonne F (181)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 7:29 am
Outrageous!! This raca has to be stopped! I sent plenty of mails last year and the year before that and it did not stop this horrible race! i wonder what will stop it? But I will send again and see what reaction I receive this time! Thanks Cher

SANDRA R (144)
Monday May 20, 2013, 6:37 am
Done. Thank you Cher.

Randy Goughnour (35)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 5:41 am
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