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Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2009 3:40 PM
Subject: [AR-News] ALERT: Miami Herald promotes cruel Iditarod on front page- WRITEPLEASE 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:
HeraldEd@MiamiHeral d.comIditarod 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,
reported that musher Ramy Brooks kicked, punched and beat his dogs with a
pole and a chain."
Iditarod dog kennels are puppy mills. Mushers breed large numbers of
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.
============ ========Posted on Wed, Mar. 04, 2009
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 atPompano 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