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Stop Iditarod Dog Cruelty ! PLEASE TAKE ACTION ! !

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Please send protest emails to race sponsors: Konica Minolta, Golden Corral, Allworx (Windstream) and Waste Management. You'll find a sample letter under the email addresses.

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Cher C (1429)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 7:43 am

Email Addresses and Sample Letter:

Email several Iditarod sponsors:,,,,

Konica Minolta:

Golden Corral:

Allworx (Windstream):,

Waste Management:

Sample letter:

Dear Iditarod Sponsor:

For the dogs, the Iditarod dog sled race is a bottomless pit of suffering. Please end your organization's support of this event. 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. Over 143 dogs have died in the race, including three who frozen to death in the brutal cold. For more facts, visit the Sled Dog Action Coalition website,

Iditarod mushers beat dogs who won't run, or who don't run fast enough. Mushers are free to beat their dogs whenever they feel like it. Dogs are beaten with shovels, bats, chains, two-by-fours or whatever else is handy. Dr, Jeanne Olson, who has been a veterinarian in Alaska since 1988, confirmed the brutality used by mushers training dogs for the Iditarod. She saw dogs with 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.'"

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." He also said, "It is a common training device in use among dog mushers..." Jon Saraceno wrote in his 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."

Iditarod dog kennels are puppy mills. Mushers breed many dogs and routinely kill unwanted ones, including puppies. 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.”

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.

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



Ljiljana Milic (115)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 8:07 am
Emais sent: Recipient,,,, eegl@wm.comAdd contact,,, Allworx (Windstream), contact@allworx.comA, Waste Management Date Today 14:59
& Thank you Cher

Constance F (418)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 8:41 am
edited, sent to posted email addresses.

Karen Gee (97)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 9:05 am
Email sent TY Cher

Monica T (278)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 9:46 am
Done. Thanks, Cher

aj E (164)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 10:33 am

Yvonne F (181)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 10:59 am
DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This year again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep fighting until the fight is over!
Thanks Cher

Marilyn K (50)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 12:51 pm
Noted -Done

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 1:12 pm
Emails sent-thx Cher

Animae C (514)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 1:17 pm
All emails sent.

John B (185)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 2:26 pm
Thanks Cher for the link. Email composed, signed, sent and hopefully noted.
Sent to: Konica Minolta, Golden Corral, Allworx and Waste Management.

Julie E (405)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 4:14 pm
Letters (7) sent to the email addresses below.,,,, eegl@wm.comAdd contact,,

Marie W (67)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 4:59 pm

S J (130)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 5:43 pm

. (0)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 7:01 pm
Done. Thanks Cher!

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Sunday January 19, 2014, 9:45 pm
e mails sent and noted

Leslene Dunn (84)
Monday January 20, 2014, 12:15 am

Past Member (0)
Monday January 20, 2014, 12:47 am

Sherri G (128)
Monday January 20, 2014, 12:50 am
Thank You Cher Noted Will try to send email later.

Past Member (0)
Monday January 20, 2014, 1:48 am
Noted &n signed

Inge Bjorkman (202)
Monday January 20, 2014, 2:03 am
Sent the letters, For the dogs


Sylvie A (193)
Monday January 20, 2014, 4:22 am
Notée, fait. Merci.

Danuta W (1250)
Monday January 20, 2014, 4:31 am

Andrea Nemec (213)
Monday January 20, 2014, 4:47 am
Noted and emails sent! Thanks!

Sara P (54)
Monday January 20, 2014, 8:10 am
Email sent, good that in this case there was a sample of the letter already done, it's always difficult for me and for my not perfect english. Thanks Cher.

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Monday January 20, 2014, 8:25 am
email sent and noted thanks

Past Member (0)
Monday January 20, 2014, 10:21 am

kate K (481)
Monday January 20, 2014, 10:34 am
Noted and e-mail sent. Thank you for the sample letter Cher

Past Member (0)
Monday January 20, 2014, 11:03 am
Email sent, the movies don't show what this race is really like , these poor dogs suffer greatly.

Judith Hand (55)
Monday January 20, 2014, 11:18 am
Noted. If anyone is interested in fiction regarding the Iditarod, I've read a short series of books by authour Sue Henry under Alaskan Mysteries. As for the activism, how horrible, if indeed true.

S S (0)
Monday January 20, 2014, 12:16 pm
Thank you.

Past Member (0)
Monday January 20, 2014, 12:38 pm
Done and noted

Alison A (244)
Monday January 20, 2014, 1:41 pm
Email sent and noted, thanks Cher.

Ruth C (87)
Monday January 20, 2014, 2:32 pm

Jim P (3257)
Monday January 20, 2014, 5:04 pm
Letters sent.

ty, Cher.

Sandra ;atterson (59)
Monday January 20, 2014, 6:36 pm
emailed and noted,ty

Marie W (67)
Monday January 20, 2014, 8:01 pm

Bridget Robertson (106)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 1:48 am
Done. Tay Cher.

Carol Bischoff (409)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 2:03 am
Done. Thanks Cher.

Marianne R (95)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 6:51 am
noted thanks Cher

Julie Botsch (12)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 1:49 pm
Thank You. Noted.
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