Chipped Your Pet Yet?
Microchips find lost dogs but in 2016 we worry about injection site cancer, privacy issues and RFID chips in everything from cell phones to wrist watches!
When in 2006 TheDogPlace.org first began to inform readers about the privacy and medical risks associated with microchips, it was considered "far out" and conspiracy theory junk.
We told you about microchips, already nicknamed Spychips, in February 2006. Then in March TheDogPress.com warned about the National Animal I.D. System (NAIS) in "Tying The Knot" and they revealed the frightful connection between micro-chips, AKC, HSUS, PAWS, USDA, Digital Angel and supporters Senators Fred Thompson and Rick Santorum.
Paid critics said the NetPlaces Network was just "sensationalist" publications.
In May 2006 micro-chip tracking of you and your pets was further explored 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 "tag" ..."
Then came this 2007 A/P headline which could no longer be ignored - except by microchip marketers...
"MICROCHIPS CAUSE FAST-GROWING, MALIGNANT TUMORS IN LAB ANIMALS"
VeriChip opponent Dr. Katherine Albrecht said the A/P story that microchip implants had induced cancer in laboratory animals and dogs 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.
According to medical researchers the tumors originated in the tissue surrounding the microchips and often grew to completely surround the devices.
Dr. Albrecht first became aware of the microchip-cancer link when she was contacted by a pet owner whose dog had died from a chip-induced tumor. Dr. Albrecht had researched medical studies showing a causal link between microchip implants and cancer in other animals but until it was brought to the attention of the Associated Press, none of the studies had received widespread public notice.
TheDogPress.com then reported that VeriChip's parent company, Applied Digital Solutions, had sought FDA approval to market the implant for humans. The VeriChip received FDA approval in 2004 under the watch of then Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson who later joined the board of VeriChip.
In 2012 TheDogPress.com, amid growing concern that microchips migrate in the body, informed readers about Medical Microchips in a "convenient" digestible prescription RFID pill which can regulate heartbeat and even send messages to your doctor!
By 2014 people were finally learning how their personal, private digital information can be collected and sold. It comforted no one when TheDogPress.com ran a feature story on Data-mining and AKC Privacy.
So it was no surprise when in 2015 the media reported rampant identity theft and credit card information stolen from top retail chains. Then Byer gave us the low-down on Marketing Microchips and RFID signals that can actually transmit your identity as you pass through a security checkpoint or walk into a football stadium!
By 2016 we were seeing commercials for cell phones that 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 his/her animals. Our research has discovered potential health risks that are posed to domestic pet animals from microchip emplacement."
From Dr. Katherine Albrecht - Founder and Director, CASPIAN Consumer Privacy: "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 research."
Since gaining FDA approval, VeriChip has aggressively targeted diabetic and dementia patients and last year 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 cancer chip in their arm?"
The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) isn't just about tracking food animals, especially with the government's interest in controlling food through new legislation. On the positive side, there is no shortage of heartwarming stories in the media but most are press releases generated by microchip manufacturers and sellers such as the American Kennel Club.
When weighed against the risk of cancer, many owners feel secure fencing is a safer way to protect their pets from becoming lost. The public is becoming increasingly squeamish about fish, livestock, and other foodstuffs are now being chipped.
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