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Imagine the cruelties these cute sled dog pups will eventually experience in the Iditarod. Contact information, email blocks and sample letter are below. Please help end the barbaric treatment of dogs by sending protest emails to

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Simone D. (1485)
Wednesday January 14, 2009, 9:13 pm
Please send protest emails and forward this alert widely.

From the Sled Dog Action Coalition,

Imagine the cruelties these cute sled dog pups will
eventually experience in the Iditarod.

Contact information, email blocks and sample letter are below.

Please help end the barbaric treatment of dogs by sending protest emails to
organizations that support the Iditarod. 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.

Dog beatings and whippings are common. During the 2007 Iditarod, eyewitnesses

reported that musher Ramy Brooks kicked, punched and beat his dogs with a ski

pole and a chain. Jim Welch says in his book Speed Mushing Manual, "A
training device such as a whip is not cruel at all but is effective." "It is a common
training device in use among dog mushers..."

Iditarod dog kennels are puppy mills. Mushers breed large numbers of dogs and

routinely kill unwanted ones, including puppies. Many dogs who are
permanently disabled in the Iditarod, or who are unwanted for any reason are killed with
a shot to the head, dragged, drowned or clubbed to death.

When they're not hauling people, most Iditarod dogs are forced to live at the
end of a chain. It has been reported that dogs who don't make the main team
are never taken off-chain. Chained dogs have been attacked by wolves, bears and
other animals. Old and arthritic dogs suffer terrible pain in the blistering

Most Internet service providers allow people to send up to 40 email addresses

at a time. For your convenience, the addresses have been divided into groups
of 40. Please email the first group first. Individual email addresses are
given under the sample letter. The groups contain addresses for the Iditarod
sponsors, promoters, and the sponsors of the 73 mushers who signed up for the
Iditarod. Email blocks with semicolons are on .

GROUP ONE EMAIL ADDRESSES:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

GROUP TWO EMAIL ADDRESSES:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

GROUP THREE EMAIL ADDRESSES:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

GROUP FOUR EMAIL ADDRESSES:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Mariska C. (20)
Wednesday January 14, 2009, 10:14 pm
Noted and e-mails sent. Thanks Simone

Joycey B. (750)
Thursday January 15, 2009, 4:00 am
This cruelty sickens me. I'd like to put chains on these scumbags like they did to the dog in the picture. Sent e-mails to all of the addresses. Noted with anger. Thanks Simone.

Simone D. (1485)
Thursday January 15, 2009, 6:09 am
Sickens me too Joycey, and it reminds me of poor Pepie.

Steve H. (0)
Thursday January 29, 2009, 3:52 pm
Here's an example of kind of barbaric support this email targets: Fall City Elementary School PTSA. When you're putting our school's "scumbag" students in chains, you should start with the fifth graders first; they run faster.

Seriously, have you looked at the people you're spamming? This list is a joke. If by some miracle an actual Iditarod supporter is hiding somewhere in this list, you'll do nothing but assure them that only kooks oppose this event.

Karmen J. (0)
Wednesday February 4, 2009, 8:56 am
interesting how any comments that might challenge the thinking on this website, no matter how respectfully they are submitted, seem to quit showing up for people to read to think of both sides of the issue...hmmm...strange indeed. Where does freedom of the press fit with your ideology?
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