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  • tachi salas
    From: AR-News@googlegroup s.com Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2009 3:40 PM Subject: [AR-News] ALERT: Miami Herald promotes cruel Iditarod on front page- WRITE
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      From: AR-News@googlegroup s.com
      Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2009 3:40 PM
      Subject: [AR-News] ALERT: Miami Herald promotes cruel Iditarod on front page- WRITE


      PLEASE CROSSPOST

      From the Sled Dog Action Coalition,
       http://www.helpsled dogs.org
      <http://www.helpsled dogs.org/>

      The Miami Herald published an article (see below) hyping a teacher who is
      vying to be named the 2010 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail. The Iditarod has a
      long, well-documented history of dog deaths, illnesses and injuries. But the
      article say nothing about it. Please send complaint emails to the Miami
      Herald and a letter to the editor.


      Complaint emails:
      AGyllenhaal@ MiamiHerald.com, DLandsberg@...

      Letter to Editor (150 words):
      HeraldEd@MiamiHeral d.com

      Iditarod Facts:

      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."

      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. Miami-Dade County passed an anti-tethering law and many
      cities in Broward County have done the same.


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      Posted on Wed, Mar. 04, 2009
      Teacher in Pompano Beach vies for Iditarod race honor

      BY PATRICIA MAZZEI
      This weekend, mushers will pack their axes and parkas, lace their dogs'
      winter booties and embark on an adventurous trek through a trail of frozen
      Alaskan wilderness: the Iditarod.Nearly 4,000 miles away, the students at

      Pompano Beach Middle School will be tracking their every mile.

      Maps of Alaska have gone up on the walls of classrooms, each assigned to a
      dog sled and musher. Every morning, teachers and students will track their
      teams, plotting their progress on the map and rooting for theirs to win......... ....


      http://www.miamiher ald.com/news/ front-page/ story/933454. html

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