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i found this on the snowmobile forum and thought it would interest us too...i just copied and pasted it i didnt type any of the below..

See article below.

You might want to send a response to McDonalds in support of their snowmobile prize. The link below takes you to their comment area. (After following the link, click on "Other questions or comments about our marketing")

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McDonald's promotes deadly and environmentally harmful machinery as toys in sweepstakes game

From: Living Rivers/Glen Canyon Action Network
Friday, August 03, 2001

MOAB, UTAH — San Francisco, CA –- Leaders of 26 organizations representing the environment, consumer advocates, and concerned parents from across the nation blasted McDonald's Food Corporation for offering as sweepstakes prizes three of the deadliest and most environmentally harmful recreation vehicles currently on the market -– snowmobiles, personal watercraft (PWC, or "jet ski"), and all-terrain vehicles (ATV). In a joint letter sent today to McDonald's CEO Jack Greenberg in Oak Brook, Illinois, 23 organizations called on the fast-food magnate to substitute safer and less environmentally-destructive products for the company's nationwide "Monopoly" sweepstakes game.

"The McDonald's Corporation promotes itself as caring about 'safe fun for children' and protecting the environment, but the Monopoly game prizes contradict those corporate values," said Katy Rexford of Bluewater Network. "We're shocked that McDonald's would offer to children prizes that are responsible for so many injuries and deaths."

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, ATVs alone sent over 95,000 Americans to the emergency room in 2000; snowmobiles were responsible for over 14,000 emergency room visits. Moreover, while PWCs comprise only 10 percent of the United States’ recreational boating population, they are responsible for over 40 percent of injury accidents.

The National Park Service (NPS) recently agreed to ban PWCs from most national parks, and a subsequent federal court settlement agreement with NPS calls for a possible ban on PWCs at all other park units, including Lake Mead and Lake Powell on the Colorado River.

"Jetskis are unsafe and contribute to the pollution of water supplies for more than twenty million people in the Colorado River alone," said David Orr, of Living Rivers in Moab, Utah, a co-plaintiff with Bluewater Network on the NPS lawsuit. "While citizens struggle to protect their families and their drinking water from these destructive machines, McDonald's is busy serving them up as good, clean fun."

Not only do these motorized "thrillcraft" have abysmal safety records, they are bad for the environment. Almost exclusively powered by dirty two-stroke engines, these machines dump between 25 and 30 percent of their unburned fuel mixture directly into the water, or onto the land or snow over which they ride.

Joining Bluewater Network and Living Rivers in the letter to McDonald's were groups from Alaska to Virginia, including the Alaska Center for the Environment, American Canoe Association, Bay Area Wilderness Training, Boreal Footprint Project, California Wilderness Coalition, Campaign to Safeguard America's Waters, Center for Biological Diversity, Colorado Mountain Club, Friends of the River, International Marine Mammal Project, John Muir Project, Minnesotans for Responsible Recreation, Montana Wilderness Association, National Parks Conservation Association, Planning & Conservation League, Public Citizen, Schubert & Associates, Sea Turtle Restoration Project, Superior Wilderness Action Network, Swan View Coalition, Wild Wilderness, Wildlands Center for Preventing Roads, Winter Wildlands Alliance, and the Yggdrasil Institute.

In their letter, the groups expressed their desire to work with Mr. Greenberg to "change the emphasis of the Monopoly game from one of dangerous, disruptive, and disproportionately polluting motorized recreation to a wholly different set of values that respects the environment and promotes the 'safe fun for children' theme that McDonald's proudly proclaims."

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• The California Air Resources Board reported that a seven-hour ride on a PWC emits the same amount of smog-forming air pollution as does driving over 100,000 miles in a typical passenger car.

• Snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park were responsible for spewing over 90 percent of the total hydrocarbon pollution in the park, despite being outnumbered by automobiles 16 to 1. Fresh oxygen has to be pumped into the ranger station at the West Yellowstone entrance because rangers complained of nausea, headaches, and dizziness from carbon monoxide poisoning.

McDonald’s Food Corporation claims to be an environmental leader, yet the message sent by these sweepstakes prizes is one of environmental dominance and destruction rather than harmony and respect.

Thrillcraft manufacturers often claim that damage and injuries caused by thrillcraft are the result of a few "bad apple" operators; however, it is the inherent design and intended use of the machines that is problematic.

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Additional information on the problems with PWCs, ATVs and snowmobiles may be found online at:
Bluewater Network:
Coalition of Parents and Families for Personal Watercraft Safety:

Some of the organizations signing the letter have websites:
Alaska Center for the Environment:
American Canoe Association:
California Wilderness Coalition:
Center for Biological Diversity:
Colorado Mountain Club:
Friends of the River:
John Muir Project:
Living Rivers/Glen Canyon Action Network:
Minnesotans for Responsible Recreation:
Montana Wilderness Association:
National Parks Conservation Association:
Planning and Conservation League:
Public Citizen:
Superior Wilderness Action Network:
Swan View Coalition:
Wild Wilderness:
Wildlands Center for Preventing Roads:
Winter Wildlands Alliance:

For more information, contact:
David Orr
Director of Field Programs
Living Rivers/Glen Canyon Action Network
[email protected]
Web site:

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