TheDogPlace.org was among the first
media to inform readers about the privacy and medical risks
associated with microchips, then considered "far out" and conspiracy junk theory
and in 2020 there are concerns about COVID-19 contact tracing.
In 2004 TheDogPress.com reported that VeriChip's parent company, Applied
Digital Solutions, received FDA approval to market the implant for humans.
That approval was granted by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson who later joined the
board of VeriChip.
TheDogPress.com again covered microchips
Spychips) in February 2006. Then in March
the premier dog news agency warned about the National Animal
I.D. System (NAIS) in "Tying
The Knot" and revealed a frightful connection between
micro-chips, AKC, HSUS, PAWS,
USDA, Digital Angel and supporters Senators Fred Thompson and Rick Santorum.
That same year, TheDogPress.com also informed readers on The
National Animal Identification System (NAIS)
which isn't just about tracking food animals... On the positive side,
there was no shortage of heartwarming "lost pet recovered" stories in the media
but most were actually press releases generated by microchip manufacturers and
sellers such as the American Kennel Club.
Paid critics said
the NetPlaces Network was just "sensationalist" publications but in Spychips Revisited, Haywood said "It gives me the creeps to think that a credit card in my purse
might be encrypted with a dot-sized chip that can be read
when I walk through the door of a shopping mall, and every door
into every store reads that microchip ..."
In 2007 this A/P (Associated
Press) headline validated cancer concerns
"microchips cause fast-growing, malignant tumors in lab animals"
opponent Dr. Katherine Albrecht said the Associated Press story could
not be ignored. She knew what they had discovered - a series of research articles spanning more than
a decade showing that mice and rats injected with glass-encapsulated RFID
transponders developed malignant, fast-growing, lethal cancers in up to
10% of cases. When weighed against the risk , informed owners
decided fencing is a safer way to protect their pets from becoming lost.
In 2012 TheDogPress.com
confirmed microchips migrate in
the body and also informed readers about Medical Microchips in a "convenient"
digestible prescription RFID pill which would regulate heartbeat and even send messages to your doctor!
By 2014 people learned how
their personal, private digital information was collected
and sold in a feature story on
Data-mining and AKC Privacy.
2015 Joe Byer reported on
Marketing Microchips and RFID signals
that transmit your identity as you pass through a security checkpoint or walk
into a football stadium! Later that year, mainstream media reported rampant
identity theft and credit card information
stolen from top retail chains.
Dr. Katherine Albrecht -
Founder and Director, CASPIAN Consumer Privacy reported that
Under FDA policy, it would have been VeriChip's responsibility to bring
the adverse studies to the FDA's attention, but VeriChip CEO Scott
Silverman claimed the company was unaware of the researchsince gaining FDA approval, VeriChip aggressively targeted diabetic
and dementia patients. The giant microchip company announced that it had chipped 90
Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers in Florida. Employees in the
Mexican Attorney General's Office, workers in a U.S. security firm, and
club-goers in Europe have also been implanted..
Dr. Albrecht expressed concern for those who have received a chip implant,
urging them to get the devices removed as soon as possible. "These new revelations change everything,"
she said. "Why would anyone
take the risk of a having a potential cancer chip in their arm?"
Determined to sell the value
of microchips, by 2016 commercials pointed out that cell phones
could help a mother find her child lost in a shopping mall. The frantic
mother calls her provider who "pings" the child's phone and tells the mother
exactly where she is.
Not sure what this has to do with you or
your dog? Get instant information re: ii microchips can cause cancer at the injection site
and from a highly respected dog group, read this Mandatory Micro-chipping Position Statement. "Responsible Dog Owners of the Western States opposes any mandated microchipping of privately held domestic pet animals. The choice of
whether to or whether not to microchip should be based upon all
available information; and left strictly up to the owner to make for
Our research has discovered potential health risks that
are posed to domestic pet animals from microchip emplacement."
In 2017, USA Today observed "embedding a small device that
communicates with other electronics poses a health risk — and brings us a big
cyborg step closer to a surveillance state."
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