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ALERT: Jack in the Box raising money from animal exploitation

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  • Glickman37@aol.com
    From the Sled Dog Action Coalition, htttp://www.helpsleddogs.org: On November 8, Jack in the Box began auctioning a toy on ebay.com for the benefit of Big
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 14, 2002
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      From the Sled Dog Action Coalition, htttp://www.helpsleddogs.org:

      On November 8, Jack in the Box began auctioning a toy on ebay.com for the
      benefit of Big Brothers Big Sisters. This toy was carried in the Iditarod dog
      sled race by musher Sonny King, DVM. The Iditarod is condemned for its
      cruelty by animal lovers. Please ask Big Brothers Big Sisters and Jack in the
      Box to halt the auction of this toy, because animals should not be exploited.
      (Please personalize the sample letter below.)

      Emails: JVredenburgh@...,karen.bachmann@...

      Sample letter to personalize:

      Dear Ms. Vredenburgh and Ms. Bachmann:

      Please halt the auction of the Jack in the Box toy that was carried by musher
      Sonny King in the Iditarod dog sled race. This race is condemned by animal
      protection groups and animal lovers across the United States. Please stop
      promoting the Iditarod and all of the evils associated with it.

      Mushers treat their dogs abominably. In the Iditarod, dogs are forced to run
      1,150 miles over a grueling terrain in 8 to 14 days, which is the approximate
      distance between Orlando and New York City. Dog deaths and injuries are
      common in the race. USA Today sports columnist Jon Saraceno called the
      Iditarod "a travesty of grueling proportions" and "Ihurtadog." Fox
      sportscaster Jim Rome called it "I-killed-a-dog." Orlando Sentinel sports
      columnist George Diaz said the race is "a barbaric ritual" and "an illegal
      sweatshop for dogs." USA Today business columnist Bruce Horovitz said the
      race is a "public-relations minefield."

      Please visit the Sled Dog Action Coalition website
      http://www.helpsleddogs.org to see pictures, and for more information. Be
      sure to read the quotes on http://www.helpsleddogs.org/remarks.htm. All of
      the material on the site is true and verifiable.

      At least 119 dogs have died in the Iditarod. There is no official count of
      dog deaths available for the race's early years. In "WinterDance: the Fine
      Madness of Running the Iditarod," Gary Paulsen describes witnessing an
      Iditarod musher brutally kicking a dog to death during the race. He wrote,
      "All the time he was kicking the dog. Not with the imprecision of anger, the
      kicks, not kicks to match his rage but aimed, clinical vicious kicks. Kicks
      meant to hurt deeply, to cause serious injury. Kicks meant to kill."

      Causes of death have also included strangulation in towlines, internal
      hemorrhaging after being gouged by a sled, liver injury, heart failure, and
      pneumonia. "Sudden death" and "external myopathy," a fatal condition in which
      a dog's muscles and organs deteriorate during extreme or prolonged exercise,
      have also occurred. The 1976 Iditarod winner, Jerry Riley, was accused of
      striking his dog with a snow hook (a large, sharp and heavy metal claw). In
      1996, one of Rick Swenson's dogs died while he mushed his team through
      waist-deep water and ice. The Iditarod Trail Committee banned both mushers
      from the race but later reinstated them. In many states these incidents would
      be considered animal cruelty. Swenson is now on the Iditarod Board of
      Directors.

      In the 2001 Iditarod, a sick dog was sent to a prison to be cared for by
      inmates and received no veterinary care. He was chained up in the cold and
      died. Another dog died by suffocating on his own vomit.

      Tom Classen, retired Air Force colonel and Alaskan resident for over 40
      years, tells us that the dogs are beaten into submission:

      "They've had the hell beaten out of them." "You don't just whisper into their
      ears, ‘OK, stand there until I tell you to run like the devil.' They
      understand one thing: a beating. These dogs are beaten into submission the
      same way elephants are trained for a circus. The mushers will deny it. And
      you know what? They are all lying." -USA Today, March 3, 2000 in Jon
      Saraceno's column

      Beatings and whippings are common. Jim Welch says in his book Speed Mushing
      Manual, "I heard one highly respected [sled dog] driver once state that
      "‘Alaskans like the kind of dog they can beat on.'" "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...A whip is a very humane training tool."

      Mushers believe in "culling" or killing unwanted dogs, 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 or clubbed to
      death. "On-going cruelty is the law of many dog lots. Dogs are clubbed with
      baseball bats and if they don't pull are dragged to death in harnesses....."
      wrote Alaskan Mike Cranford in an article for Alaska's Bush Blade Newspaper
      (March, 2000).

      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."

      The race has led to the proliferation of horrific dog kennels in which the
      dogs are treated very cruelly. Many kennels have over 100 dogs and some have
      as many as 200. It is standard for the dogs to spend their entire lives
      outside tethered to metal chains that can be as short as four feet long. In
      1997 the United States Department of Agriculture determined that the
      tethering of dogs was inhumane and not in the animals' best interests. The
      chaining of dogs as a primary means of enclosure is prohibited in all cases
      where federal law applies. A dog who is permanently tethered is forced to
      urinate and defecate where he sleeps, which conflicts with his natural
      instinct to eliminate away from his living area. Because he is close to his
      own to his own fecal material, a dog can easily catch deadly parasitical
      diseases by stepping in or sniffing his own waste.

      Iditarod dogs are unhappy prisoners with no chance of parole. Please end your
      Iditarod dog sled race promotion by halting the auction of the toy.

      Sincerely,
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