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Nobel Politics
By Katherine Albrecht
New website, ChipMeNot.com, features details on cancer case and other
adverse reactions
Nashua, NH -- Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. has been served with a
lawsuit over claims its HomeAgain® pet microchip induced cancer in a
cat. Animal rights attorney Steven Wise seeks "reasonable compensatory
damages" for a malignant tumor "likely" induced by a HomeAgain® ID chip
implanted in his client's cat, Bulkin.
The complaint, "Andrea Rutherford v. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. and
Digital Angel, Inc." (case # 1052CV1147) was filed last week in
Cambridge (MA) District Court. The complaint named implant maker Digital
Angel Corporation as a co-defendant.
"Based on the alarming number of microchip-linked cancers we're
discovering, I predict this lawsuit will be just the tip of the
iceberg," said Dr. Katherine Albrecht, a consumer advocate and expert on
adverse reactions associated with implantable microchips.
Bulkin's case is featured at www.ChipMeNot.com, a new website launched
by Albrecht's consumer group CASPIAN to bring attention to the plight of
animals who have developed cancer and other adverse reactions from ID
microchips. Albrecht documents several of these cases in
"Microchip-Induced Tumors in Laboratory Rodents and Dogs: A Review of
the Literature 1990­2006," a peer-reviewed academic paper she presented
at a June conference of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers devoted to concerns about implantable microchips.
Albrecht's paper and a copy of the complaint are also posted
at www.ChipMeNot.com. The site, co-developed with graduate intern Lidiya
Prorochuk, spotlights a growing number of adverse reactions to
microchips, including the chip-related cancer deaths of two dogs within
the past year. The site also features a form where pet owners can report
adverse microchip reactions, since there is currently no official
registry in the US to collect such data.
"Merck and organizations that advocate pet chipping should take this
lawsuit seriously and start warning pet owners of the risk of
microchip-induced cancer," Albrecht advised. "As Andrea Rutherford and
other pet owners can tell you, it's not a statistic when it's your pet."
About Katherine Albrecht and CASPIAN
Dr. Katherine Albrecht is the founder and director of CASPIAN, an
organization that educates consumers about the dangers of surveillance
and RFID microchip technology. She is also a syndicated radio host,
bestselling author, and the VP of Marketing for  www.Startpage.com, the
world's most private search engine. Katherine holds a doctorate in
Consumer Education from Harvard University.
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Katherine Albrecht
Lidiya Prorochuk
CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering) is a grass-roots consumer group fighting retail surveillance schemes since 1999 and irresponsible RFID use since 2002. With thousands of members in all 50 U.S. states and over 30 countries worldwide, CASPIAN seeks to educate consumers about marketing strategies that invade their
privacy and encourage privacy-conscious shopping habits across the retail spectrum.

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