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Please help save Alaskan Huskies from abuse.

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Khuno

Chain free is- the way to be!
 
 
Barked: Wed Jan 16, '13 7:24pm PST 
The Iditarod will be upon us in just over a month, and Alaskan Husky sled dogs who are being neglected, abused and killed before, during and after the race need you to speak up for them! Please check out the action alert below, from the Sled Dog Action Coalition.

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Contact information, groups of email addresses and sample letter are below:

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. 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.

Most Internet service providers allow people to send up to 40 email addresses at a time. For your convenience, email addresses for the 2013 Iditarod sponsors, promoters, and musher sponsors have been divided into groups of 40. Please email the first group first. Scroll down to find the sample letter. Under it you'll find individual email addresses for race supporters. Email groups with semicolons are on http://www.helpsleddogs.org/sponsors.htm. The Sled Dog Action Coalition has documentation to prove what it says and will provide it upon request.

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GROUP ONE OF FOUR:

David.lauren@ralphlauren.com, sergio.marchionne@fiatspa.com, richard.edelman@edelman.com, msft@microsoft.com, dreiss@canada-goose.com, reuben.gamoran@effem.com, rhonda.germany@honeywell.com, Patrick.t.mulva@exxonmobil.com, gfayard@na.ko.com, john.mulligan@target.com, snisbet@globusfamily.com, mark.eliasen@alaskaair.com, rick@ricksteves.com, bob.toevs@dish.com, rstaton@dennys.com, smason@smuk.org.uk, denise.vaughn@ferguson.com, investorrelations@famousdaves.com, marketing@shemin.net, customersupport@napaonline.com, todd.lachman@effem.com, nraabe@theatlantic.com, kspreekmeester@canada-goose.com, Salvado.ml@pg.com, multimedia@dhs.gov, clewis@berwind.com, matthew.harrington@edelman.com, patrick.taylor@meredith.com, lhubbard@carhartt.com, luis_silberwasser@discovery.com, nconan@npr.org, reid.bigland@chrysler.com, David.M.Carroll@wellsfargo.com, corth@tdw.com, ptalamantes@mcclatchy.com, gpanagos@barrick.com, melanie.hennessey@novagold.com, annezcooke@cs.com, stephen.meer@intrado.com, info@non-stopdogwear.no, Kdanforth@principalmedia.com

GROUP TWO OF FOUR:

Theodore.J.Wojnar@exxonmobil.com, mukent@na.ko.com, pr@halliburton.com, contactus@jjkeller.com,
DLevine@kldistributor.com, marianne.amssoms@ab-inbev.com, lburke@outsidemag.com, cynthiamartinez@rccl.com, lblack@apollolp.com, hk.marketing@starcruises.com, info@tpg.com, media@carnival.com, srobison@prestigecruiseholdings.com, david.anderson@honeywell.com, Kipp.Erickson@pfizer.com, liz.paley@ralphlauren.com, mavara@horizonlines.com, customerservice@nr4e.com, martin.melzer@scurion.ch, info@ibex.com, dsoenksen@aperio.com, ir-usa@shell.com, michael.brune@sierraclub.org, info@edmondswa.com, david_browne@wcmhar.org, pdoyle@adn.com, companysecretary@millenniumhotels.co.uk, Todd.Hofheins@providence.org, rabqa@claytoncorp.com, info@buffalopeak.net, sales@dsrglobal.com, reservations@beringair.com, aihsales@aihalaska.com, dwspencer@microlinetc.com, l.parker@craigtaylorequipment.com, mlambert@miamiherald.com, AMarques@MiamiHerald.com, phenderson@alaskanbeer.com, investor_relations@amerco.com, stephen.hughes@chicagoparkdistrict.com

GROUP THREE OF FOUR:

don@alaskafloats.com, kgood@scholastic.com, BradB@Silversea.com, dmorris@gci.com, scott.kirby@lifemedalaska.com, jcmartin@mtaonline.net, DCoumerilh@TridentSeafoods.com, dha@anderesoil.com, amitchell@mitchelltax.com, mahays@mahaysjetboat.com, lodging@mtaonline.net, cafemichele@matnet.com, info@pizzapietalkeetna.com, lat62@alaska.net, info@alaskawildrose.com, info@mckinleyflighttours.com, info@skytrekkingalaska.com, info@crystalcreeklodge.com, info@tangleriverinn.com, dmichels@nomealaska.org, mayor@muni.org, alcansigns@alaska.net, enisson@nacargo.com, info@penair.com, admin@manitobah.ca, info@aceaircargo.com, help@mtaonline.net, frontsales@accupoint.com, office@kenaiveterinaryhospital.com, jhawks@groundeffectmedia.com, Info@TripleCreekRanch.com, sales@icicleseafoods.com, franchising@batteriesplus.com, dan@lupinenorthamerica.com, info@packard-1.com, hotels@fdifairbanks.com, hhylen@beaconohss.com, shauna@lumberjacksports.com, info@yummychummies.com, dpowers@akserigraphics.com, sales@akmining.com

GROUP FOUR OF FOUR:

info@bradleyreid.com, carolyn@sprocketheads.com, info@intuitionliners.com, customerservice@northernoutfitters.com, info@trapperscreek.com, phil@cacalaska.com, info@st-eliashospital.com, sales@genevawoods.com, info@usibelli.com, qiviut@gci.net, Info@AnchorageSatellitePhones.com, gfandrei@ciaanet.org, info@livelargedesign.com, michele@kaladi.com, broker@mtaonline.net, sellit@tds.net, michael@kasilofenterprises.com, mikes@harborent.com, international@grabberworld.com, hamilton@fishcreekalaska.com, info@lcitw.com, akiaknc@unicom-alaska.com, ccalhoun@ahmpnet.org, mccluskeym@apcointl.org, pr@viator.com, ewaite@sbsalaska.com, info@dogbooties.com, kharris@willcountyillinois.com, Admin@McKinleyWelding.com, surfaceworks@mtaonline.net, heritage@mtaonline.net, cwillard@ryanalaska.com, alpinecreeklodgealaska@gci.net, snug@snugharborseafoods.com, info@flydenali.net, thardt@asrc.com, wiggys@wiggys.com, info@selwynresources.com, ktaylor@remingtontech.net, greg.waller@teck.com, contact@redpawfeed.com, science@tigerscience.com

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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.'"

For more facts about Iditarod dog cruelties: Sled Dog Action Coalition, http://www.helpsleddogs.org.

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

Sincerely,

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IDITAROD SPONSORS:

Donlin Gold (Barrick/Novagold Resources Company)
Email: gpanagos@barrick.com, melanie.hennessey@novagold.com

K & L Distributors, Inc. (AB-Inbev distributor)
Email: marianne.amssoms@ab-inbev.com, DLevine@kldistributor.com

Chrysler Group LLC
Email: sergio.marchionne@fiatspa.com, reid.bigland@chrysler.com

Coca-Cola
Email: mukent@na.ko.com, gfayard@na.ko.com

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels
Email: companysecretary@millenniumhotels.co.uk

Wells Fargo & Company
Email: David.M.Carroll@wellsfargo.com

Exxon Mobil Corporation
Email: Patrick.t.mulva@exxonmobil.com, Theodore.J.Wojnar@exxonmobil.com

Anchorage Daily News (Mc Clatchy Company)
Email: ptalamantes@mcclatchy.com, pdoyle@adn.com

Providence Health System
Email: Todd.Hofheins@providence.org, colleen.wadden@providence.org

Alaska Airlines (Alaska Air Group)
Email: mark.eliasen@alaskaair.com

Peninsula Airways, Inc. (Pen Air)
Email: info@penair.com

Alaska Brewing Company
Email: phenderson@alaskanbeer.com

The City of Anchorage
Email: mayor@muni.org

The City of Nome
Email: dmichels@nomealaska.org

Horizon Lines
Email: mavara@horizonlines.com

General Communication, Inc. (GCI)
Email: JLowber@gci.com, dmorris@gci.com

Alcan Signs
Email:alcansigns@alaska.net

Alaska Serigraphics
Email: dpowers@akserigraphics.com

IonEarth
Email: dwspencer@microlinetc.com, Jerry@IonEarth.com

Northern Air Cargo
Email: enisson@nacargo.com

Beacon Occupational Health and Safety
Email: hhylen@beaconohss.com

Tidewater
Email: morr@tdw.com, corth@tdw.com

Alaska Mining & Diving Supply, Inc.
Email:sales@akmining.com

Spenard Builders Supply
Email: ewaite@sbsalaska.com

Craig Taylor Equipment Company
Email:l.parker@craigtaylorequipment.com

Life Med Alaska
Email: scott.kirby@lifemedalaska.com


IDITAROD PROMOTERS:

Target Corporation Target Corporation
Email: john.mulligan@target.com, Gregg.Steinhafel@target.com

Microsoft Flight (Edelman)
Email: richard.edelman@edelman.com, msft@microsoft.com,
matthew.harrington@edelman.com

Ralph Lauren Corporation
Email: David.lauren@ralphlauren.com, liz.paley@ralphlauren.com

Diabetic Living (Meredith Corporation)
Email: patrick.taylor@meredith.com

Carhartt, Inc.
Email: lhubbard@carhartt.com

Globus Family of Brands
Email: snisbet@globusfamily.com

Sierra Club
Email: michael.brune@sierraclub.org

Chicago Park District
Email: stephen.hughes@chicagoparkdistrict.com

Uhaul (Amerco)
Email: investor_relations@amerco.com, publicrelations@uhaul.com

Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals
Email: ccalhoun@ahmpnet.org

Outside Magazine (Mariah Media)
Email: lburke@outsidemag.com

Talk of the Nation (National Public Radio)
Email: nconan@npr.org

APCO International
Email: mccluskeym@apcointl.org

Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean
Email: brice@rccl.com, cynthiamartinez@rccl.com

Discovery Communications, Inc.
Email: luis_silberwasser@discovery.com, Joe_Abruzzese@discovery.com

Norwegian Cruise Line (Genting HK, Apollo Global Management, TGP Creative Capital)
Email: lblack@apollolp.com, hk.marketing@starcruises.com, info@tpg.com

Carnival Corporation
Email: media@carnival.com, pr@hollandamerica.com, publicrelations@princesscruises.com

Scholastic Corporation
Email: kgood@scholastic.com

Silversea Cruises
Email: BradB@Silversea.com

Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Email: srobison@prestigecruiseholdings.com

Forest Preserve District of Will County
Email: jtraynere@willcountyillinois.com

Great Edmonds Chamber of Commerce
Email: info@edmondswa.com

The Right Path for Washington County
Email: david_browne@wcmhar.org

Principal Media
Email: Kdanforth@principalmedia.com

Anne Z. Cooke and Steve Haggerty
Email: annezcooke@cs.com
Miami Herald
Email: AMarques@MiamiHerald.com, mlambert@miamiherald.com

The Atlantic
Email: nraabe@theatlantic.com


MUSHER SPONSORS:

Royal Canin (Mars Incorporated)
Email: reuben.gamoran@effem.com, todd.lachman@effem.com

Canada Goose
Email: dreiss@canada-goose.com, kspreekmeester@canada-goose.com

NAPA Auto Parts
Email: customersupport@napaonline.com

NEOS overshoe (Honeywell International)
Email: rhonda.germany@honeywell.com, david.anderson@honeywell.com

Denny's Corporation (restaurants)
Email: rstaton@dennys.com, jmiller@dennys.com

Blockbuster (DISH Network L.L.C.)
Email: bob.toevs@dish.com, Jason.kiser@dish.com, corporate.commmunications@blockbuster.com

Rick Steves' Europe: Tours, Trip Planning, Travel Guides
Email: rick@ricksteves.com, radio@ricksteves.com

Intrado
Email: stephen.meer@intrado.com, george.heinrichs@intrado.com

Halliburton
Email: beverly.stafford@halliburton.com, investors@halliburton.com, pr@halliburton.com

Eukanuba (Procter & Gamble Company)
Email: Salvado.ml@pg.com, chelune.jj@pg.com

United States Coast Guard
Email: thomas.p.ostebo@uscg.mil, multimedia@dhs.gov

Jiffy Lube International, Inc. and Shell Oil Company
Email: ir-usa@shell.com

Eagle Pack/WellPet (Berwind-White Coal Mining Company) (sponsor)
Email: clewis@berwind.com, info@wellpet.com

Aperio
Email: dsoenksen@aperio.com

Touch 'n Seal (Convenience Products, division of Clayton Corp.)
Email: rabqa@claytoncorp.com

Batteries Plus LLC
Email: franchising@batteriesplus.com

Lupine Lighting Systems
Email:dan@lupinenorthamerica.com

Remington Technologies, LLC
Email: ktaylor@remingtontech.net

Teck Resources Limited
Email: greg.waller@teck.com

Oomingmak (Musk Ox Producers' Co-operative)
Email: qiviut@gci.net

Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites (The Packard Companies)
Email: info@packard-1.com

J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
Email: contactus@jjkeller.com

Redpaw Feed
Email: contact@redpawfeed.com

Usibelli Coal Mine
Email: info@usibelli.com

Grabber Hand Warmers
Email: international@grabberworld.com

Wedgewood Resort (Fountainhead Hotels)
Email: hotels@fdifairbanks.com

Bradley Reid & Associates
Email: info@bradleyreid.com

SprocketHeads
Email: carolyn@sprocketheads.com

Intuition Boot Liners
Email: info@intuitionliners.com

Northern Outfitters
E-Mail: customerservice@northernoutfitters.com

Trapper's Creek Smoking Company
Email: info@trapperscreek.com

St. Elias Hospital
Email: info@st-eliashospital.com

Geneva Woods Pharmacy, Inc.
Email: sales@genevawoods.com

CAC Plastics
Email: phil@cacalaska.com

Selwyn Resources, Ltd.
Email: info@selwynresources.com

Wiggy’s Inc.
Email: wiggys@wiggys.com

Arctic Slope Regional Corporation
Email: thardt@asrc.com

American Dehydrated Foods, Inc.
Email: ITRecruitment@adf.com

Fly Denali, Inc.
Email: info@flydenali.net

Snug Harbor Seafoods
E-mail: snug@snugharborseafoods.com

Alpine Creek Lodge LLC
Email: alpinecreeklodgealaska@gci.net

Ryan Air
Email: cwillard@ryanalaska.com

Specsavers Optical Superstores Ltd
Email: smason@smuk.org.uk

Trident Seafoods
Email: DCoumerilh@TridentSeafoods.com

Anderes Oil, Inc.
Email: dha@anderesoil.com

Fish Creek Company
Email: hamilton@fishcreekalaska.com

Akiak Native Community
Email: akiaknc@unicom-alaska.com

Valley Chiropractic Clinic
Email: jcmartin@mtaonline.net

Yummy Chummies (Arctic Paws, LLC)
Email: info@yummychummies.com

Great Alaska Lumberjack Show (Lumberjack Sports International)
Email: shauna@lumberjacksports.com

LCITW.com
Email: info@lcitw.com

A.L. Mitchell & Associates
Email: amitchell@mitchelltax.com

Mahays Riverboat Service
Email: mahays@mahaysjetboat.com

Susitna River Lodging
Email: lodging@mtaonline.net

Michele’s Café (Café Michele)
Email: cafemichele@matnet.com

Mountain High Pizza Pie
Email: info@pizzapietalkeetna.com

Latitude 62 Lodge
Email: lat62@alaska.net

Alaska Floats & Skis
Email: don@alaskafloats.com

Wild Rose B and B
Email: info@alaskawildrose.com

Talkeetna Aero
Email: info@mckinleyflighttours.com

Sky Trekking Alaska
Email: info@skytrekkingalaska.com

Crystal Creek Lodge
Email: info@crystalcreeklodge.com

Dr. Kipp Erickson
Email: Kipp.Erickson@pfizer.com

Tangle River Inn
Email: info@tangleriverinn.com

Petro Marine Services
Email: mikes@harborent.com

Icicle Seafoods, Inc.
Email: sales@icicleseafoods.com

Buffalo Peak Outfitters
Email: info@buffalopeak.net

Triple Creek Ranch
Email: Info@TripleCreekRanch.com

Tiger Scientific
Email: science@tigerscience.com

Diversified Systems Resources
Email: sales@dsrglobal.com, edi@dsrglobal.com

Ground Effect Media
Email: jhawks@groundeffectmedia.com

Ibex Outdoor Clothing LLC
Email: info@ibex.com

Non-stopdogwear.no
Email: info@non-stopdogwear.no

Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel and Crematory
E-mail: heritage@mtaonline.net

Surface Works Countertops
Email: surfaceworks@mtaonline.net

Alaska Frontier North Pawn & Loan
Email: broker@mtaonline.net

Kaladi Brothers
Email: michele@kaladi.com

McKinleyWelding.com
Email: Admin@McKinleyWelding.com

Ferguson Enterprises Inc.
Email: denise.vaughn@ferguson.com

Manitoba Mukluks
Email: admin@manitobah.ca

Ace Air Cargo
Email: info@aceaircargo.com

Scurion Lamps
Email: martin.melzer@scurion.ch

Live Large design
Email: info@livelargedesign.com

Sterling Auction & Realty Services
Email: sellit@tds.net

Bering Air
E-mail: reservations@beringair.com, denny@beringair.com

Cook Inlet Aquaculture Assn
Email: gfandrei@ciaanet.org

Famous Dave's BBQ
Email: investorrelations@famousdaves.com

Shemin Nurseries, Inc.
Email: marketing@shemin.net

No Room (NR4E) LLC
Email: customerservice@nr4e.com

Kenai Veterinary Hospital
Email: office@kenaiveterinaryhospital.com

Kasilof Enterprises
Email: michael@kasilofenterprises.com

AnchorageSatellitePhones.com
Email: Info@AnchorageSatellitePhones.com

Accupoint Inc.
Email: mike@accupoint.com, frontsales@accupoint.com

Dogbooties.com
Email: info@dogbooties.com

Northwest Passages, Inc.
mail: info@nwpassages.net

Alaska Industrial Hardware
Email:aihsales@aihalaska.com

MTA
Email: help@mtaonline.net
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Fun On The- Run Kennel- Racing

'10 Junior- Iditarod, 6th- place!
 
 
Barked: Sat Mar 30, '13 7:29pm PST 
I've never seen evidence of the supposed cruelties mentioned here, and the person who runs the 'Sled Dog Action Coalition' lives in Florida and has never actually witnessed the Iditarod, or even seen sled dogs in action in Alaska. As a musher who's raced for over 13 years, this post is crazy. I've worked for two Iditarod champions, and I've raced against even more, and they all take incredibly good care of their dogs. The dogs won't run if they're not healthy. Of course, there are bad apples in every sport, like Lance Armstrong in his sport. But you cannot judge all cyclists on one person's actions with doping, so why would you except us to stop racing dogs when one person is messed up in the head and mistreats their dogs?

As for Lance's dog, I cannot imagine a vet letting the dog continue racing if they knew that had happened to the dog. For example, this year one musher had a dog who's heart rate was elevated, and the musher wanted to continue racing it because the dog was scared of the vets and that's why it's heart rate was elevated (sled dogs can be quite skittish around big men, and these vets were men) but they forced him to drop the dog anyway, out of concern for the animal's health. There is at least one or two vet's in every checkpoint, and they always look at every dog when the musher stops.

Thank you for this list of everyone who sponsors the Iditarod, I shall be sure to send them a thank you message for their continued support of the race. Especially since I plan to run it myself in 2016.

Any questions about dog mushing and the supposed cruelty the dogs undergo, feel free to send me a message, I can tell you anything and everything you want to know.
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Khuno

Chain free is- the way to be!
 
 
Barked: Tue May 14, '13 6:48pm PST 
It's sad that you choose to perpetuate the abuse just because you think it is "saving" the sport. The sport needs HUMANE mushers, not people who chain and abuse animals. wave
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