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  • Glickman37@aol.com
    From Sled Dog Action Coalition, http://www.helpsleddogs.org: Pets.com has removed the article that promoted the Iditarod dog sled race on its website. Suiza
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2000
      From Sled Dog Action Coalition, http://www.helpsleddogs.org:

      Pets.com has removed the article that promoted the Iditarod dog sled race on
      its website. Suiza Food Corporation has ended its Iditarod musher
      sponsorship. This will be the last year of New World Pasta's (Hershey Foods,
      minority shareholder) involvement in the Iditarod. Excerpts from New World
      Pasta's letter, the memorandum from Suiza Foods and the letter from Pets.com
      are below.

      The World Pasta:

      "We acknowledge your concerns regarding the use of sled dogs in the Iditarod.
      We have a long-standing professional relationship with one of the mushers
      who requested our sponsorship of his sled for this year. It was because of
      this relationship that New World Pasta became involved in sponsoring a musher
      for the 2000 Iditarod.

      Our agreement to sponsor this individual is a one-year agreement. We will not
      be involved in sponsoring a sled in the Iditarod in the future. Thank you for
      contacting us regarding your concerns."

      Suiza Foods:


      To: Persons Concerned with Iditarod Sponsorship

      From: Michelle Goolsby
      Chief Administrative Officer
      Suiza Foods Corporation

      As many of you know, our subsidiary, Morningstar Foods, made a small
      contribution in support of a participant in the upcoming Iditarod, in
      response to a solicitation by the racer. Thanks to correspondence that we
      have received from many of you, it has come to our attention that acts of
      cruelty to animals may be associated with the Iditarod. As a result, we have
      withdrawn our sponsorship of the upcoming race, and we have no intention of
      supporting this event in the future.

      Suiza Foods Corporation is committed to the humane treatment of animals. We
      believe that our significant investment in Horizon Organic, a company
      dedicated to producing products in harmony with the environment and animal
      welfare, is demonstrative of our commitment to responsible corporate

      Thanks to those of you who were involved in bringing this situation to our
      attention. Please direct any further questions you may have to Stacy
      Blakeley, at 800-431- 9214.


      Thank you for contacting Pets.com.

      Thank you for contacting us regarding our recent article on dog
      sledding. The intention of the article was to promote an activity that
      can enhance the bond between dog and human and provide fun and exercise
      for both. Unfortunately, when this activity is taken to the extreme (as
      in the Iditarod) it can result in the mistreatment of animals, which is
      unacceptable in any context.

      We have removed the article from our Web site. When pursued
      responsibly, sledding can be a great way for dogs and their humans to
      enjoy the outdoors together. Dogs should not be pushed beyond their
      physical limits in pursuit of human goals, however, and we thank you for
      this out.

      We look forward to serving you in the future!

      Best Regards,

      Jeremy Kron
      Customer Service Specialist

      E-mail: service@...
      Phone: 1-888-321-PETS (7387)
      Phone Hours: 6am-8pm Monday - Friday (Pacific Time)
      Fax: 1-888-430-4999
      Site: http://www.pets.com
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