I thought I'd seen every lame thing the RFID industry could dish up to support microchip implants, but this is over the top.

An upcoming "Chip-a-thon" in Northern Pennsylvania will inject pets with microchips -- to raise money for the American Cancer Society!

http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090411/NEWS/904110358

These are the same microchips that cause cancer in 1% to 10% of laboratory animals that receive them. Peer reviewed journal articles have shown to be related to cancerous tumors in at least two dogs.

This promotional puff piece contains no mention of cancer, the recent death of Charlie Brown--the chihuahua that bled to death in January from a chip implant, chip migration, chip failure, MRI incompatibility,  function creep, societal downsides, industry deception, religious opposition -- nothing.

The Pocono Record should be ashamed at passing this off as balanced journalism. We need to start calling journalists and editors on the carpet whenever they print biased promotional pieces that support the implant industry. They need to investigate and report the facts. Chip implants are dangerous, and should not be put into living beings.

Could one of you (or many of you) write a letter to the editor about this horrible article? At the very least we need some serious comments in the "Respond to this article" section.
And would any of you in Northern Pennsylvania be interested in protesting this event? It's next Sunday, April 19th, from 10:00 to 4:00 in Saylorsburg, PA. Maybe a few CASPIAN members could show up and peacefully hand out flyers to educate unwary pet owners. Let me know if you're interested in coordinating or attending the event and I'll spread the word.

Meanwhile, research studies on the link between microchip implants and cancer are available at www.antichips.com.

For inspiration, check out the TV coverage of our 300+ person anti-implant protest in San Marcos!
http://www.katherinealbrecht.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3049:san-marcos-protest-media-coverage&catid=3:newsflash&Itemid=49
or http://tinyurl.com/cwjj9u

In freedom,
Katherine Albrecht, Ed.D.


Oh, and here's the chipping ad er, "news article":

Chip-a-thon benefits pets, Relay for Life
http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090411/NEWS/904110358

Better than a boomerang, a pet microchip can bring a lost pet back to you. On April 19, a pet chip-a-thon for companion animals will benefit Relay for Life. The chip-a-thon is sponsored by Creature Comforts Veterinary Service and Schering, the sponsors of Home Again pet chipping, a quick process in which microchips with information about the pet's owner are injected under the skin.

The event will be held in the parking lot of the Lake House Hotel, Route 115, Saylorsburg. It will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $25, which includes the first year's registration for the pet in the Home Again Recovery System. If a pet is already chipped, it can be scanned and registered into the system for the same price. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society's West End Relay for Life.

The Home Again Recovery System must be renewed yearly.

If your pet strays, Home Again will put out lost pet fliers, contact animal clinics and pay up to $3,000 in medical insurance in case the pet is injured while lost.

Microchipping is a good way to identify a pet permanently and is suitable identification for a lifetime license for dogs. Call Creature Comforts at (570) 992-0400 for more information.

Relay For Life is a 24-hour fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. The West End Relay will be June 6-7 at the Pleasant Valley High School stadium, Brodheadsville. For information, go to www.relayforlife.org/pawestend.


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