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Stop the Iditarod ! PLEASE TAKE ACTION ! !

Animals  (tags: animals, AnimalWelfare, cruelty, dogs, environment, protection, suffering )

- 1541 days ago -
Since the race began more than forty years ago, more than 140 dogs have died during the event -- from heart attacks, pneumonia, muscle deterioration, dehydration, diarrhea, and spine injuries. They are impaled on sleds, drowned, or accidentally strangled

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Cher C (1429)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 1:32 pm

Sign an online petition.......

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

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.



. (0)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 1:33 pm
petition signed

Joe R (190)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 1:44 pm
"Thank you for taking action to protect dogs from the Iditarod!"

Thanks Cher. Signed and noted.

Animae C (516)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 1:46 pm
Thank you for taking action to protect dogs from the Iditarod!
10,397 total signers.

Emails sent.

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 1:52 pm
If the dogs are dying then the race should be stopped .... humans always seem to stretch everything to its limits and beyond, not caring who or what gets hurt.

Richard S (209)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 2:13 pm
Horrible beyond words. How people can intentionally treat animals this way just boggles the mind. Shame, shame, shame on them and on every remaining sponsor.
There is also no accounting of how many dogs die or become too injured to run during training for this unconscionable event.

Ljiljana M (115)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 2:22 pm
Emails (sample letter) sent & Petition signed & Thank you Cher

Mary T (358)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 2:40 pm
Thank you Cher - signed, noted & shared

Kay M (347)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 3:07 pm

Tere M (75)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 3:14 pm
Noted and signed. Thank you Charles! Thank you Cher! ~

Bartlomiej T (296)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 4:04 pm
Petition signed.

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 4:09 pm
Brutal. Dog sledding should be illegal. Signed+will send out some emails later tonight. Thx Cher

Richard S (209)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 5:06 pm
Prepared emails and holding to send out on Monday so they don't get deleted/ignored as weekend trash.

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 5:55 pm
Action taken -- petition signed. Thanks Cher.

. (7)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 7:21 pm
Noted and signed, thanks Cher.

. (0)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 7:25 pm
1 loss is too many, 140 is disgusting ! This must cease & desist !
Thanks Cher, Signed & noted

Ondine J (134)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 8:12 pm
Noted and previously signed, thanks Cher

Ondine J (134)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 8:24 pm
And letters sent to sponsors too now, thanks

Athena F (131)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 8:26 pm
done thanks

Andrew C (6)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 8:36 pm
N&S, thanks

Marie W (67)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 10:00 pm

Connie Palladini (100)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 10:36 pm

Leen Kel (42)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 12:22 am
Thanks Cher. Signed & noted.

Carol Bischoff (409)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 12:33 am

Sherri G (128)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 12:53 am
Signed and Noted TY Cher

Tanya W (65)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 2:20 am
Noted and signed.

desanka s (416)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 2:46 am
Online petition signed, letter sent and shared! Thank you sweet Cher!

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 3:16 am

SylvieBusy A (193)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 3:54 am
Notée. Merci.

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 4:49 am
Can a person be brought to the same situation?

Rhonda B (106)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 6:11 am

Frances Darcy (133)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 6:13 am

Daniel Partlow (179)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 6:33 am

. (0)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 7:37 am
𝖘𝖎𝖌𝖓𝖊𝖉, 𝖜𝖎𝖑𝖑 𝖘𝖊𝖓𝖉 𝖊𝖒𝖆𝖎𝖑𝖘. 𝖙𝖍𝖆𝖓𝖐𝖘 𝖈𝖍𝖊𝖗!

Terrie W (798)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 8:26 am
Thank You For Helping Sled Dogs
Thank you for taking action to protect dogs from the Iditarod! SSN

All emails sent.

Ruth C (87)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 9:42 am

Emma S (239)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 9:56 am
Done! Thanks, Cher.

Kimberly B (89)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 10:11 am
Signed, shared and noted. Thank you Cher.

Iveta c (41)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 10:44 am

Malgorzata Z (198)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 12:08 pm
petycja podpisana

Kathleen R (138)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 1:09 pm
signed & noted

Katie & Bill D (107)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 1:19 pm
I believe there are musher's that may do this the one's we have met would not.
Just like everything else there are always some that make everyone look bad!
Thank You Cher

Teresa F (395)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 1:59 pm
Signed just now, thank you Cher

Jennifer H (11)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 3:44 pm
Signed and will be sharing. Thank you for sharing this on Care2.

aj E (164)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 4:14 pm

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 4:17 pm
S&N, Thanks

Lyne F (93)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 4:33 pm
e-mails sent, thanks Cher

Sunday March 2, 2014, 4:38 pm
N & S. Thanks Cher

S J (130)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 5:43 pm
Thank You For Helping Sled Dogs

Thank you for taking action to protect dogs from the Iditarod!
thank you Cher

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 10:26 pm
noted and signed

Past Member (0)
Monday March 3, 2014, 1:32 am

. (0)
Monday March 3, 2014, 6:11 am
#11.026 Signed and noted - thank you Cher

Past Member (0)
Monday March 3, 2014, 6:52 am
petition signed, email sent to sponsors, thanks

Sara P (57)
Monday March 3, 2014, 7:50 am
Petition signed, thanks Cher.

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Monday March 3, 2014, 7:53 am
Signed & Noted, Thank you

Ilona V (0)
Monday March 3, 2014, 3:45 pm
Thanks Cher. Signed & noted.
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