Posts Tagged ‘Iditarod dogs’

Excerpt from various sources:  to keep everyone current on what is happening.

Thank you C4P:


“Please don’t neglect to send personal, and POLITE letters to the Assistant Deputy Attorney General, BC, and Crown Counsel, North Vancouver,copy the BC SPCA and the RCMP, BC Tourism, the Minister of Agriculture (BC)  and your local radio / television media. If the ADAG and CC hear from enough people, it may help them understand how badly Canadians want justice – we cannot assume BC SPCA going to press charges  – we must keep the pressure on and ensure accountability.  Perhaps you’ll write a reminder to yourself in your datebook to follow up with all organizations concerned, at the beginning of each month, until June 2011. The only way this is going to change is if we continue to press for answers and we need to do it in numbers/high volume. If we don’t do this, these dogs will have died, brutally, and in vain.”

Mr. Robert W.G. Gillen, QC,

Assistant Deputy Attorney General (Head of BC prosecution service)

Criminal Justice Branch Headquarters

PO Box 9276, Stn. Provincial Government

Victoria, BC

Phone: 1.250.387.3840

Fax: 1.250.387.0090

Mr. Monte Ruttan

Crown Counsel

North Vancouver Regional Office

500-865 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2G3

Phone:  604-660-4100 / 1.800.538.9166

Fax: 1.604.981.0285

Ms. Marcia Moriarty

BC SPCA Provincial Office

1245 East 7th Avenue

Vancouver, BC V5T 1R1

Fax: 604.681.7022

Honourable Ben Stewart

Minister of Agriculture, BC

PO Box 9043 Stn Prov Gov’t

Victoria BC

Phone: 250.387.2253

Fax:  250.387.4312

S/Sgt. Steve LeClair
NCO i/c Operations
Whistler Pemberton RCMP
4315 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, B.C.
Office No.: (604) 905-1965
Fax No.: (604) 905-1961

Update from BC SPCA on sled dog investigation:


Canadian Horse Defence Coalition – needs support w/letters and donations for horse rehab for GEM:



Petition to end the Iditarod:






The Toronto Feral Cat Project offers another Trap-Neuter-Return and Feral Cat Care Workshop on Saturday, February 26th at the East York Civic Centre.  Workshop details can be found at http://www.feraltoronto.com/en/





Trouble in Bluffer’s Park – dumped cats desperately need adoption – please circulate to as many as possible!



Changes have been proposed to tax laws regulating animal welfare organizations. Please cross post to as many rescue groups as possible – so that they have a chance to comment before the deadline.



Animal Shelters note:   here’s a fabulous primer on how to turn your shelter into a No Kill shelter (thanks Sarah West for sending):



LAUNCH OF PIONEERING BOOK SERIES ON ANIMAL ETHICS –  Palgrave Macmillan / Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics




Thank you to P.W. for these below.

“Another great article about our useless laws!
Taking responsibility for B.C.’s slaughtered sled dogs

Holland to BC Tory MPs – Senseless dog slaughter case cries out for tougher laws

Law must see animals as more than ‘property’

Editorial: Responsibility for animal abuse

Action Needed:

Do you want to change the world? Do you want to hold our politicians accountable? Do you want to tell your kids one day that you were a part of this little piece of history? Do you want to directly affect improvements in Canada and around the world… 


The need to curb wild dog populations in some remote regions has some questioning traditional methods

Good news for a change:

Horse rescuer works miracles with abandoned, abused animals

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You can Help  in obtaining Justice for the dogs who have already died this year in this horrific event.  You can help put an end to the Iditarod  and prevent future deaths of these victims by making your own voices heard LOUD and CLEAR.  Some sponsors have already stopped supporting this event.  Please take the time to write or email the contacts listed below.

Thank you.  Zephr

ALERT: Save Iditarod dogs from brutality – WRITE

Alert received from Cause4Paws

Sat Feb 21, 2009 10:24 am (PST)

Please send protest emails and forward this alert widely.
From the Sled Dog Action Coalition, http://www.helpsleddogs.org

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 skipole 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 cold.

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 2009 Iditarod. Email blocks with semicolons are on
http://www.helpsleddogsorg/sponsors.htm .


karen_dmochowsky@timeinc.com,  tedronneburger@680thefan.com,PDoyle@adn.com,




reservations@akalpinelodgecom, info@vertikal.netpost@vomoghundemat.no,


help@mtaonline.net,  AskMLP@muni.orginvestor_relations@netapp.com,
msteele@eaglepack.cominfo@frontierflying.com,  fhees@alaskanbeer.com,info@penair.com,
info@midnightsunbrewing.cominfo@canada-goose.com, mathew@
mountainadventuretours.org, info@EpicenterPress.cominfo@greatriverjourney.com,

SAMPLE LETTER (Please personalize the letter.):

Dear Iditarod Supporter:

Please end your organization’s support of the Iditarod dog sled race. For the dogs, this event is a bottomless pit of suffering. 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. At least 136 dogs have died in the race. No one knows how many dogs die after this tortuous ordeal or during training. For more facts about the Iditarod, visit the Sled Dog Action Coalition website,
http://www.helpsleddogs.org .

On average, 53 percent of the dogs who start the race do not make it across
the finish line. According to a report published in the American Journal of
Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, of those who do finish, 81 percent
have lung damage. A report published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal
Medicine said that 61 percent of the dogs who complete the Iditarod have ulcers versus zero percent pre-race.

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,
including those who have outlived their usefulness, are killed with a shot to the head, dragged, drowned or clubbed to death. “Dogs are clubbed with baseball bats and if they don’t pull are dragged to death in harnesses…..” wrote former Iditarod dog handler Mike Cranford in an article for Alaska’s Bush Blade Newspaper.

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, “Nagging a dog team is cruel and ineffective…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…”

Jon Saraceno wrote in his March 3, 2000 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.”

During the race, veterinarians do not give the dogs physical exams at every
checkpoint. Mushers speed through many checkpoints, so the dogs get the
briefest visual checks, if that. Instead of pulling sick dogs from the race,
veterinarians frequently give them massive doses of antibiotics to keep them running.

Most Iditarod dogs are forced to live at the end of a chain when they aren’t
hauling people around. 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 cold.

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


Iditarod sponsors

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

Email: Christopher.Gay@cabelas.com

Chrysler (Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.)
Email: media@cerberuscapital.com

Email: tmattia@na.ko.com

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels
Email: charlene.jagannath@millenniumhotels.co.uk,

Wells Fargo & Company
Email: Catherine.Gacad@wellsfargo.com

Kroger Company (Fred Meyer Stores)
Email: kroger.investors@kroger.com

Spenard Builders
Email: ewaite@sbsalaska.com

Chevron Corportation
Email: pubaffmr@chevrontexaco.com

Exxon Mobil Corporation
Email: enterprise.comments@exxonmobil.com

Anchorage Daily News (Mc Clatchy Company)
Email: PDoyle@adn.com

Providence Health System
Email: employment@providence.org

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

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

Alaska Brewing Company
Email: fhees@alaskanbeer.com

The City of Anchorage
Email: Mayor@ci.anchorage.ak.us

The City of Nome
Email: manager@ci.nome.ak.us

5th Avenue Mall (Simon Property Group)
Email: ircontact@simon.com

Horizon Lines
Email: investor.relations@horizonlines.com

City of Wasilla
Email: mayor@ci.wasilla.ak.us

Network Appliance, Inc.
Email: investor_relations@netapp.com

General Communication, Inc. (GCI)
Email: rcs@gci.combcs@gci.com

Crowley Maritime Corporation
Email: resumes@crowley.com

Anton/Bauer, Inc.
Email: websales@antonbauer.com

Anchorage Municipal Light and Power
Email: AskMLP@muni.org

Alcan Signs

World Communication Center
Email: wccinfo@wcclp.com

Alaska Serigraphics
Email: dpowers@akserigraphics.com

Electrochem Commercial Power (Greatbatch, Ltd.)
Email: MBenedetti@greatbatch.com

Email: webmaster@ionearth.com

Email: liz.decastro@iridium.com

Iditarod Promoters

Target Corporation Target Corporation
E-mail: investorrelations@target.com

Harcourt School Publishers
Email: hbspcs@harcourt.comrick.blake@harcourt.com

Carnival Corporation
Email: rabello@hollandamerica.comjbenson@princesscruises.com

Houghton Mifflin Company
Email: investor_relations@hmco.com

Discovery Network (Discovery Communications, LLC; Discovery Holding Company)
Email: investor@discoveryholdingcompany.comJohn_Ford@discovery.com

Scholastic Corporation
Email: investor_relations@scholastic.com

Renegade Pictures
Email: info@renegadepictures.co.uk

The New York Times
Email: executive-editor@nytimes.com

Late Night with Conan O’Brien (NBC-TV)
Email: rick.ludwin@nbcuni.com

Zoasis Corporation
Email: info@zoasis.com

Diamond Brand Outdoors
Email: wendy@diamondbrand.com

Sports Illustrated
Email: karen_dmochowsky@timeinc.com
Email: robert_broderick@timeinc.com

Carolina Day School
Email: bsgro@cdschool.org

Lilac Services for the Blind
Email: cherylm@lilacblind.org

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Northwest Chapter
Email: natas@asi-seattle.net

The Council of State Governments
Email: jpenchoff@csg.orgdsprague@csg.org

Florida Association for Media in Education
Email: info@floridamedia.orgbuckysmom@tampabay.rr.com

AAA of California
Email: Spring.Jeffrey@aaa-calif.com

United States Postal Service
Email: roy.a.betts@usps.gov

American Physiological Society
Email: mfrank@the-aps.org

The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Email: media@aecf.org

William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund
Email: davidnee@wcgmf.org

Foundation for Greater New Haven
Email: wginsberg@cfgnh.org

Home & Garden Television (Scripps Networks)
Email: onair-ad@hgtv.commark.kroeger@scrippsnetworks.com

Scott & Todd in the Morning WPLJ – NYC
Email: bigshow@plj.com

World News with Charles Gibson (ABC-TV)
Email: Anne.sweeney@disney.com

Email: editor@independenttraveler.com

dLife TV Network
Email: info@dlife.com

AARP The Magazine
Email: aarpmagazine@aarp.org

Hamilton County Parks
Email: awp@co.hamilton.in.us

Tournament of Roses
Email: rosepr@rosemail.org

MC Perry Elementary
Email: principal.perryes@pac.dodea.edu

Fort Braden School
Email: jacksonj@mail.leon.k12.fl.us

Southern Fulton Elementary
Email: ktrail@sfsd.k12.pa.usrscott@sfsd.k12.pa.us

Country Parkway Elementary School
Email: lmilitello@williamsvillek12.org

Prairie Rose Elementary School
Email: michele_svihovec@bismarckschools.org

Mount Pleasant Middle School
Email: streadaw@cabarrus.k12.nc.us

Pompano Beach Middle School
Email: sonja.braziel@browardschools.com

Johnnycake Elementary School

Clearfield Elementary School
Email: jquick@clearfield.org

Buchanan-Verplanck Elementary School
Email: LHall@henhudschools.org

KOMO-AM Seattle
Email: comments@komo1000news.com

WALR-AM Atlanta
Email: tedronneburger@680thefan.com

Email: angie@wnwv.com

Email: curt.hansen@cumulus.com

Advocate Magazine (Indiana State Teacher’s Association)
Email: nschnell@ista-in.org

Fred J. Hums Elementary School
Email: wellingj@mishawaka.k12.in.us

Chicago Park District
Email: gchico@chiconunes.com

Foundry Art Centre
Email: jane@foundryartcentre.org

St. Charles Library District
Email: csandstedt@stchlibrary.org

Garrison Keillor
Email: davido@prairiehome.us
Email: brobideau@americanpublicmedia.org

South by Southwest Film Festival 2009
Email: film@sxsw.com

Musher sponsors

Intervet (Schering-Plough)
Email: lee.davies@spcorp.comsabine.schueller@spcorp.com

Hawthorne Suites (Wyndham Hotel Group)
Email: betsy.o’rourke@wyndhamworldwide.com

Columbia Sportswear Company
Email: investorrelations@columbia.comrparham@columbia.com

Alaska Army National Guard
Email: sarah.palin@alaska.gov

Rotary International
Email: wayne.hearn@rotary.org

Email: investor.relations@medtronic.comleaddirector@medtronic.com

Harley-Davidson, Inc.
Email: mike.morgan@harley-davidson.com

Toyota Motor Corporation
Email: toyota_cares@toyota.com

Leer, Inc. (J.B. Poindexter & Co., Inc.)
Email: rwhatley@jbpco.com

Coastal Helicopters, Inc.
Email: info@coastalhelicopters.com

7-up (Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.)
Email: aly.noormohamed@dpsg.com

Jiffy Lube International, Inc. (Shell Oil Company)
Email: Virginia.Q.Sanchez@shell.comMark.Quartermain@shell.com

Eukanuba/Iams (Procter & Gamble Company)
Email: Shareholders.IM@pg.com

Blockbuster Video
Email: corporatecommunications@blockbuster.com

McDonalds Restaurants (McDonald Corporation)
Email: mary.dillon@us.mcd.comwalt.riker@us.mcd.com

Taco Bell (Yum! Brands, Inc.)
Email: yum.investor@yum.com

Batteries Plus
Email: customersupport@batteriesplus.com

Email: qiviut@gci.net

Kaladi Brothers Coffee Company
Email: sales@kaladi.com

Tracks of Alaska Photography
Email: traxak@clearwire.net

Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites
Email: info@inlettower.com

Alaska Icefield Expeditions
Email: info@akdogtour.com

Colorado Altitude Training
Email: ryoung@altitudetraining.com

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

bGlobal, Inc.
Email: rodney.bolls@bglobal.us

ND Industries
Email: info@ndindustries.com

Western Products
Email: info@westernplows.com

Email: Macgellan@mac.com

Eagle Pack
Email: msteele@eaglepack.com

Sportees Activewear
Email: info@sportees.com

The Black Dog Tavern Co.
Email: abbietaylor@theblackdog.com

FogTech (Motosolutions)
Email: gene@motosolutions.com

Redpaw Feed
Email: contact@redpawfeed.com

Email: info@kamik.com

Email: post@brynje.no

Vi sees
Email: anni@visees.no

Macrogard (Immunocorp)
Email: biorigin@biorigin.com.br

Teck Cominco
Email: info@teckcominco.com

GoNorth Alaska Travel Center
Email: para@alaska.net

Diabetes Sports and Wellness Foundation
Email: jay@dswf.org

Lynden Incorporated
Email: information@lynden.com

General Physics Corp. (GP General Strategies Corp.)
Email: ablank@gpworldwide.com

Dairy Farmers of Washington
Email: info@havemilk.com

mail: customerservice@deeppurple.com

Camrud, Maddock, Olson & Larson, Ltd.
Email: pmaddock@camrudlaw.comjllarson@camrudlaw.com

National Lake Rescue Institute
Email: info@lake-rescue.org

Azumano Travel
Email: info@azumano.com

Sabold Elementary School
Email: morsecin@ssd.k12.pa.us

Flexitol (Laderma)
Email: info@laderma.com.auusainfo@flexitol.com

Email: info@lcitw.com

Frelinghuysen Middle School
Email: Ethel.Minchello@MSDK12.net

Longo Electrical & Mechanical
Email: info@eLongo.com

JetBoil, Inc.
Email: customerservice@jetboil.com

Cold Avenger (Talus Outdoor Technologies)
Email: info@talusoutdoortech.com

Port Gamble
Email: portgamble@orminc.com

Albert & Slater, P.S.
Email: office@toughdivorcescom

Epicenter Press
Email: info@EpicenterPress.com

Trabits Group, LLC P.O.
Email: info@trabitsgroup.com

Trapper Creek Smoking Company
Email: info@trapperscreek.com

Ben Reel Productions
Email: mathew@mountainadventuretours.org

Canada Goose
Email: info@canada-goose.com

Tracks of Alaska
Email: traxak@clearwire.net

Alpine Lodge – Fairbanks
Email: reservations@akalpinelodge.com

The Eldorado Hotel
Email: eldorado@yknet.ca

Michael Bertrand Photography
Email: mbphotos@rockisland.com

Janssen Funeral Homes, Inc.
Email: info@janssenfuneralhomes.com

Richard Crosby, DDS
Email: info@crosbysmiles.com

Little Cabin in the Woods
Email: info@lcitw.com

Great River Journey Inc.
Email: info@greatriverjourneycom

Queo Media
Email: ruediger.henke@queo-media.com

East Bradford Elementary School
Email: ahelion@wcasd.net

Vertikal Press
E-mail: info@vertikal.net

Email: help@mtaonline.net

Vom og hindemat
Email: post@vomoghundemat.no

Susitna River Lodging
Email: lodging@mtaonline.net

Mahays Riverboat Service
Email: mahays@mtaonline.net

David McGuire, MD
Email: kneern@pobox.alaska.net

Latitude 62 Motel
Email: lat62@alaska.net

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
Email: info@talkeetnalodge.com

Talkeetna River Guides & Rafters, Inc.
Email: raft@talkeetnariverguides.com

Talkeetna River Adventures (Talkeetna RV LLC)
Email: alaskarv@mtaonline.net

Talkeetna Aero Services, Inc.
Email: info@talkeetnaaero.com

Teamster Local 959
Email: rtraini@akteamsters.com

Usibelli Coal Mine
Email: info@usibelli.com

Homer Stage Line
Email: hsl@xyz.net

Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Email: frobb@bepc.com

Kenai Chrysler
Email: info@kenaichrysler.com

Frontier Flying Service
Email: info@frontierflying.com

Udelhoven Companies
Email: Lbeck@udelhoven.com

Kenai River Seafoods
Email: sean.karin@alaska.net

The Crossing Restaurant
Email: info@thecrossingrestaurant.net

Email: khabermann@mammut.ch

Horizon Lines, Inc.
Email: boardofdirectors@horizonlines.com

Midnight Sun Brewing
Email: info@midnightsunbrewing.com

Grabber Hand Warmers
Email: sales@handwarmers.comamanda.fowler@warmers.com

Wiggy’s Outdoor Gear
Email: wiggys@wiggys.com

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