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On Iditarod Films and Emmys

Check out this press release. I’ll wait.

Please tell The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences that if the film in question glorifies the Iditarod, it’s a shame that it was nominated, and it definitely shouldn’t win an award.

E-mail for The National Academy of Television & Sciences at, and tell them that inherent in every Iditarod is:

  • the use of dogs for the gain of people
  • the abuse of dogs for the gain of people
  • the continuous breeding of dogs, many of whom are killed ("culled") early on because of lack of promise, and many of whom will die because they raced.

If the film were exposing all that goes into the Iditarod, I’d be happy to cast my vote in favor of an Emmy. But then the Iditarod folks wouldn’t be writing a press release about it.

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  1. Mary – thank you for posting this important message and speaking up for sled dogs. I could not have said it better than you did. It was good to see that Ramy Brooks was disqualified from the Idiotarod for two years and on probation for three more years after that, for beating his dog team towards the end of the 2007 Idiotarod. My opinion on this is that if he would do this in plain sight of several on-lookers (native Alaskan villagers, one school teacher and a group of school children, imagine what he (and other Idiotarod and Yukon Quest mushers) do to their dogs on the lonely stretches of trail out of the public eye. Here is an interesting article about the disqualification from the Anchorage Daily News:

    I urge your readers to please email the National Academy of Television and Sciences and get this misguided nomination pulled (Panasonic Corp. dropped their sponsorship of the Iditarod this year due to public pressure and by getting educated as a corporation, about Iditarod sled dog cruelty).

    May 22, 2007
  2. Mike Grieco #

    The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is GIVING A AWARD TO THE IDITAROD?
    What century are we in?!
    Are they AWARE of the USE/ABUSE of these dogs?!
    SAY NO EMMY for the "Iditarod"!!!

    May 27, 2007

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