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Giant Banfield Reports Six Deaths So Far, Not Thousands; Sen. Durbin, Calls for Change

            The good news is that the incidents of reported cases of death and illness due to eating tainted pet food seems to have nearly diminished all together, according to the FDA and also the largest group of pet hospitals (with over 600 clinics throughout the country), Banfield, the Pet Hospital.             Reports of confirmed…

Steve interviews Senator Durbin about his response to pet food tragedy

April 5. Senator Dick Durbin (D) held a news conference in Wicker Park, just across from a dog friendly area on Chicago’s near north side. Several canines and even one pet bird were among those who attended. Durbin began the news conference, “Our pets may have no voice – but we do, and it’s up…

Toxin Identified, But May Not Explain What Sickened and Killed Them

            There’s a new wrinkle in the tainted pet food investigation. Recent reports elsewhere in the media have indicated that melamine – not aminopterin – in tainted pet food is making pets sick and in some cases has killed them. It turns out that may not exactly be true. Melamine has been identified and linked…


Here You Go, Figure It Out for Yourself, from the FDA Press Conference – Dry Foods May Be A Problem Too, Or Not             March 30, 2007. The messages seem confused, contradictory to what the Food and Drug Administration has previously stated.             For starters, aminopterin (the rodenticide previously announced March 23 to be responsible…

Information: What to do…Who to Contact

Despite sensationalized reports elsewhere, the simple truth is that no one knows how many pets have become ill or died as result of the tainted pet food, while that number may be well into the hundreds or even higher, it may not be. At this time, the number of animals affected is conjecture. Enhancing confusion…

Most Sick Pets Survive Illness from Tainted Food, Too Many Do Not;

Researchers Seek Further Explanation: Linda’s son, Christian, resting with Basti             “I felt I had killed my cat; I mean who would expect buying the best possible food for her might kill her,” says Linda Frahm of Palatine, IL (a Chicago suburb).            Basti, who was found outdoors, ‘adopted’ the Frahm family three years ago. Basti…

Taking You To the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine Press Conference

March 23, 2007. In a teleconference at 4:30 (ET) with the Food and Drug Administration, officials confirmed that the New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell and the New York State Food Laboratory identified aminopterin (a folic acid inhibitor used both as a rodenticide and at one time as a cancer treatment in…

Insurance Companies Discrimination Based on Breed

            Margie Foshe says she was stunned when without warning her homeowner’s insurance policy from Rockford Mutual was cancelled. After all, she paid her premiums on time. She did make two claims (which totaled under $3,000 for gutter and swimming pool repairs) several years back. She says she was “amazed” to read the company’s explanation…

Insurances Companies Have Alternatives to Discriminating Based on Dog Breed

            Insurance companies ought to be embarrassed, says Washington State Representative (R-Second Legislative District) Tom Campbell. “Taking homeowner’s insurance away because of the dog breed a person happens to have is shameful.”             It’s true that some insurers discriminate against some breeds, either by not renewing homeowner’s insurance, not accepting new customers, or…

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