As many of you know, we recently entered Harley in the Frontier Airlines mascot contest. Had he won, he would have been on the tail of one of their new planes – a great way to honor Harley by spreading the message about puppy mills so much farther. Once entered, Harley quickly gained tremendous support thanks to you – his fans – and he also gained the support of several news stations, animal welfare organizations and even celebrities. Over the course of a week Harley reached over 37,000 votes and was in first place. He was well ahead of all other contestants.
It soon became clear that Harley had an excellent chance of winning the contest. Then, suddenly, Frontier Airlines suspended the contest. Their explanation was that there was voter fraud and they blamed international voters. (we downloaded the contest rules when Harley was first entered and there was NO mention that non-USA residents could not vote). A couple of news sources immediately picked up the story and implied that HARLEY WAS CHEATING. Dan spoke at length with the Denver Post and they revised their original inflammatory article. We have reached out to Jim Faulkner, spokesman for Frontier Airlines, but as of yet we have not heard back from him.
Yes, 37,000 votes in a week may seem staggering to some … but they don’t know Harley’s supporters!!! We know everyone has been voting with integrity and pure purpose, and we are grateful for all of your support in wanting to see Harley’s message carried even farther. We know his legacy will grow and his mission will continue to be shared around the world … because of you. Thank you.
We feel Frontier Airlines owes everyone a clarification and an apology – not a $20 travel certificate which they offered. (Many are asking Frontier to donate their $20 to National Mill Dog Rescue!)
HARLEY IS BEAUTIFUL!