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raul, any type of medication, flea contollers, litter, food can be harmful to a cat if they're allergic so it's not just Frontline, it's because the kitty was allergic.
 

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I was very close to buying the Hartz flea tick drops. I decided not to when I remembered what a friend of mine had told me about them. She didn't thell me anything about the animals being killed, but she did tell me that it wasn't a good product. I'm so glad that shhe had warned me about this product. I was new to having a cat and the majority of the anti flea products on the shelves were from Hartz. It's a good thing I listened to her advice or I would have had a dead cat on my hands :cry:
 

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I never used flea medicine when me and my kitties lived back in Sweden - Fleas are very, very uncommon there. When I moved here to Florida, i'd take my cats out on a leash sometimes, and this one time, a neighbourhood cat came up to them to say hi, and some days afterwards, they had fleas. I was flabbergasted, so I just went to the store and got Hartz flea medicine. That was the first and last time I used it. And just now, by reading this thread, I found out that it's bad for the cats - but the stuff doesn't even work, doesn't kill the fleas worth a darn! So I just went to the vet and got them some Advantage instead, killed the little hopalong fleas right away. :)
 

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I better check the brand of ours. My mom bought some of that kind of flea medicine but i'm not sure if it's Hertz. We haven't used it yet. Well check as soon as I get home.
 

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I don't know that Advantage is safe either. I put that stuff on one of my cats(Lovey) right where they say to put it(above the shoulder blades, back of the neck).

Well she went into cleaning mode shortly after, and she must have got some in her mouth. Well she started to gag, and then started to foam at the mouth while puking white foam.

If anyone uses any of these anti-flea products, watch your pet very closely after application.

I had a Polmeranian dog die of liver failure shortly after using the Hartz brand flea meds. I'd advise against using Hartz, but I'd also advise you to keep a close eye on any pet that you use ANY anti-flea/tick topical meds on. There are some nasty chemicals in all of them.
 

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Hartz Products

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for sharing this information. I have never used flea control on my cats, but if there comes a day I need I will know what to look for


THANK YOU AGAIN!

Samantha
 

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The Hartz flea drops are very dangerous for you cat. My gf works at a vets office and just last week they had a cat come in that the owners had used the product and the cat presented with tremors and a semi-comatose condition. Last year there were a total of 5 cats that had come in to her hospital after the owners had used the product. Most reactions had occured within 45 mins after application. One of the problems is that even though there are numerous cases, compared with how many packs are sold, they would probably say the chances of a reaction are minimal. I find it amazing that none of the owners of these cats had persued the issue with the Hartz company. There would have been no problems proving that the reaction and death of some of these cats had come from the use of this product. Bloodwork and necropsy results would have said it all!

Hopefully, some day we will see this product taken off the market.
 

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Yes, like others, I to thank you guys for this information, as I have not known about this at all, and chances are I probably would have bought this product as well!!!

I'm glad I found this forum, I will know what to get if my cat ever gets fleas.
 

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I've posted this on every forum I'm a member of, animal related or not :thumb. One person saw it, and immediately called their sister because they knew she had bought the product 8O
 

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Flea treatments

I once used another over the counter treatment (I have forgotten the name) that I bought in the pet section of my supermarket. I put it between the shoulder blades of all 4 of my cats. One started foaming at the mouth, 2 others had coughing fits and one had no reaction at all. I threw the rest of the vials away. I will NEVER, EVER use anything other than what I can buy at the vet's, no matter how much I think I can "save". Nothing is worth my precious kitties' lives. Since then I have used Advantage and have been very happy. :wink:
 

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No hartz

My mom had a cat that was in the vet for days 'cause she used hartz. Now she tells everybody not to buy anything from hartz, "obviously they dont care about your pets". :x
 

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Hartz products deadly

Thank you to everyone who posted about Hartz products being deadly. I know that this topic was posted a long time ago on here, but I was so shocked to read this ( because I just saw Hartz flee colors at save on grocery store the other day.) I can't beleive this!!!!

Have they pulled this product off most shelves? Or has ANYTHING been done about this matter since being found out a while back?

OMG, I am so shocked, I feel like ripping it off the shelf myself. What can WE (All of us do?)

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-----Original Message-----
From: Julia Sharp <>
Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 16:28:16 -0700 (PDT)

http://www.geocities.com/hartzquilt/

Lower right hand corner of the page will have a "next" button to take
you to the next page. These poor furbabies gone are only a tiny, tiny
portion of the animals that have been killed, maimed, injured by Hartz
products. Please do NOT use ANY hartz products. The victims of these
products would appreciate you spreading the word and boycotting Hartz.

If you want to call Hartz and ask them why they keep this poison on the
market, here's the number. 1-800-275-1414


-Sign the petition against Hartz!
http://www.petitiononline.com/hartz/

-Stop Hartz! They are killing animals!
please visit www.hartzvictims.org

-Learn More about Hartz Poison!
http://www.geocities.com/againsthartz/

-----Original Message-----
From: Julia Sharp
Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2005

These letters are from september. Please write. Please edit the letters
and remove the Andy information. Hartz has already denied Andy,
Scruffy, and I exist. After the denial, they have refused every phone
call and have not answered even one of my letters. It's flea and tick
season and animals are going to start to die and be maimed and injured
by these toxic and potentially deadly products available everywhere.

9/8/04--#1.) Warning: Hartz Kills--To Hartz & Its Owner, Sumitomo
KINSHIP CIRCLE LETTER CAMPAIGN
http://www.kinshipcircle.org
4-PART LETTER CAMPAIGN

This email is PART #1 of a 4-PART campaign to initiate a recall of Hartz
flea and tick control products, which have proven harmful and deadly in
thousands of recorded cases since 2000.

#1.) WARNING: HARTZ KILLS--TO HARTZ MOUNTAIN CORP. & ITS OWNER,
SUMITOMO
#2.) Warning: Hartz Kills--To Regulatory Agencies
#3.) Warning: Hartz Kills--To File A Consumer Complaint
#4.) Warning: Hartz Kills--To Retailers/Sponsors

**If you're missing any of these sections, email [email protected]
info @ kinshipcircle and I will resend it to you.

SOURCE OF INFORMATION

http://www.geocities.com/againsthartz/LetterCamp1.html
http://www.hartzvictims.org
http://www.BoycottHartz.com
http://www.vetcentric.com/magazine/maga ... cleID=1725
http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/avictimhartz.htm
http://www.solanopetemergency.com/fleaprods.htm
http://www.fda.gov/foi/warning_letters/g4627d.htm
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/op/
To review EPA findings:
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/hartzq_a.htm

*DISCLAIMER: The information in these letters is verified with the
original source. I cannot assume responsibility for the accuracy of the
information or for the consequences of its use. Nothing in this email is
intended to encourage illegal action in whatever country you are reading
it in.

*Kinship Circle cannot guarantee the validity of email addresses. During
a campaign, recipients may change or disable their email addresses.

=============================================

SAMPLE LETTER #1
To Hartz Mountain Corporation
& Its Owner, Sumitomo Corporation
=============================================

BACKGROUND INFO:

Sumitomo Corporation is the new owner of Hartz--and coincidentally a
major Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) customer. Sumitomo developed the
"key ingredient" in Hartz flea and tick control spot treatments, the
same ingredient that is harming animals. Since HLS is Sumitomo's
contract research laboratory, HLS is likely conducting animal tests for
Sumitomo's "state-o-the-art formulation for flea and tick 'spot-on'
products."

Kinship Circle was unable to locate an email for Hartz Corporation. The
email form on their site states: "Section is currently being revised. If
you have an important, product related question, please call our
Consumer Hotline at 1-800-275-1414."

Here is the link:

http://www.hartz.com/Letters%20to%20the ... ex.asp?A=1
You are welcome to check back to see if it is working.

An older email address, provided by an individual active in the Hartz
victims campaign, is below. Kinship Circle cannot guarantee its
validity, but you may try it:

Administrative Contact:
Hartz Mountain Corp. (HM3642-ORG) [email protected]
mpetersen @ hartz.com
400 Plaza Dr.; Secaucus, NJ 07094-3605
ph: 201-271-4800; fax: 201-271-0342

These postal addresses and phone numbers are current:

Robert Devine, President and CEO

Dr. Albert H. Ahn, Corporate Vice President & Chief Scientific Officer
Hartz Mountain Corporation, 400 Plaza Drive
Secaucus, New Jersey 07094-3688

Hartz Consumer Relations Department
The Hartz Mountain Corporation, 400 Plaza Drive
Secaucus, NJ 07094 USA
Consumer Hotline: 1-800-275-1414; website: http://www.hartz.com/

Sumitomo Corporation of America (SCOA)
Atsushi Nishijo, President and CEO
600 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10016-2001
ph: 212-207-0700; fax: 212-207-0456; email: [email protected]
scoa.mail @ scoa.com
web email form: http://www.sumitomocorp.com/contact.html
website: http://www.sumitomocorp.com/

Mr. Devine, Dr. Ahn, Mr. Nishijo, Hartz Mountain Corporation, Sumitomo
Corporation of America:

I am shocked that Hartz Mountain Corporation and its owner, Sumitomo
Corporation of America, manufacture and sell a line of treatments
formulated with phenothrin--a toxin shown to induce nerve damage,
especially in cats. Phenothrin, a synthetic form of pyrethrin, is the
active ingredient in Hartz advanced flea and tick spot treatments, even
though studies reveal safety concerns about chemicals from the pyrethrin
family.

According to its website, Sumitomo developed this "state-of-the-art
formulation for flea and tick 'spot-on' products." SCOA's "key chemical
ingredient" does not belong on retail shelves.

On August 28, 2004, Scruffy, a beloved 100-pound mutt, died quietly
alongside his distraught guardian. Andy, a single man who regards his
four dogs as family, remains in shock over a tragedy that began with a
simple dose of Hartz Advanced Care Flea & Tick Drops.

Andy is not alone. In 2002, the Environmental Protection Agency
registered 5,000 complaints about Hartz flea and tick control products.
After the EPA directed Hartz to relabel products with "stronger
precautionary statements and use directions," the agency recorded over
1,400 consumer grievances within the first six months of 2003. The EPA
has yet to issue a product recall, even though it continues to receive
adverse incident reports from animal caretakers, veterinarians and Hartz
itself.

I am alarmed that the Hartz-SCOA liaison plans to target Japanese and
European markets with a product that left Brian Hiatt's cats, Kiser and
Stryker, collapsing and seizing. Stephanie Simao's cat Ruckus wound up
with permanent nerve damage after exposure to a Hartz Advanced Care
Anti-Flea treatment. Mike Groves lost his cat Goldie to Hartz Advanced
Flea & Tick Drops. In November 2003, Groves told CBS 2 Los Angeles News:
"I want Hartz to know the product is poison. It's killing animals, it's
making animals sick."

Hartz products harm more animals than those publicized in the media.
Updated guidelines for application, a toll-free line for consumer
questions, and even reimbursement of veterinary bills do not compensate
for the loss of a companion animal.

I have asked federal agencies mandated to oversee drug or pesticide
commodities to expedite investigations into Hartz Advanced Care Brand
Flea and Tick Drops Plus for Cats and Kittens (EPA Reg. No. 2596-148),
Hartz Advanced Care Brand Once-a-Month Flea and Tick Drops for Cats and
Kittens (EPA Reg. No. 2596-151)--as well as the rest of the Hartz
inventory.

The respected Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
alerted veterinarians to possible hazards in a detailed article on Hartz
relabeling (2/15/03). Angela Rose, DVM, of the Cat Clinic of NW
Arkansas, told KHOU-TV Texas about her videotaped archive of cases
involving "a toxic reaction to a topical synthetic pyrethrin." Among the
afflicted animals she sees annually is Punkin, a two-year-old cat who
suffered extreme muscle tremors and grand mal seizures after the
animal's guardian applied Hartz Advanced Care Plus.

"[The major suppliers to veterinarians] know pyrethrin is not safe," Dr.
Rose stated. "Pyrethrin is outdated." In fact, Bayer's Advantage
utilizes imidacloprid; Merial's Frontline contains fipronil; Pfizer's
Revolution is manufactured with selamectin. Serious repercussions appear
to be rare in these flea and tick treatments.

There is no justifiable reason for Hartz Mountain Corporation, the
world's largest manufacturer of animal care products, to cling to an
obsolete ingredient capable of causing hypersalivation, vomiting,
ataxia, muscle tremors, hypo- or hyperthermia, seizures, paralysis, or
major organ failure in even ONE animal, let alone many.

Andy would probably agree. Hours after he applied Hartz drops to
Scruffy, he watched his best friend stagger and seize. With limited use
of a car and no phone at his rural home, Andy laid down in his driveway,
clung to Scruffy and pleaded: "Please don't die." But Scruffy's kidneys
could not rebound from the poison. After several days of veterinary
treatment, he died.

I encourage Hartz and Sumitomo to make the conscientious decision to
pull their flea and tick control treatments from store shelves
immediately. Until the corporation ceases to sell, manufacture and
distribute injurious and potentially lethal treatments, I will ask
others to join me in a boycott of all Hartz products.

Sincerely,

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

9/8/04--#2.) Warning: Hartz Kills--To Regulatory Agencies

KINSHIP CIRCLE LETTER CAMPAIGN
http://www.kinshipcircle.org
4-PART LETTER CAMPAIGN

This email is PART #2 of a 4-PART campaign to initiate a recall of Hartz
flea and tick control products, which have proven harmful and deadly in
thousands of recorded cases since 2000.

#1.) Warning: Hartz Kills--To Hartz Mountain Corp. & Its Owner, Sumitomo
Corp.
#2.) WARNING: HARTZ KILLS--TO REGULATORY AGENCIES
#3.) Warning: Hartz Kills--To File A Consumer Complaint
#4.) Warning: Hartz Kills--To Retailers/Sponsors

**If you're missing any of these sections, email [email protected] and
I will resend it to you.

SOURCE OF INFORMATION


http://www.geocities.com/againsthartz/LetterCamp1.html
http://www.hartzvictims.org
http://www.BoycottHartz.com
http://www.vetcentric.com/magazine/maga ... cleID=1725
http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/avictimhartz.htm
http://www.solanopetemergency.com/fleaprods.htm
http://www.fda.gov/foi/warning_letters/g4627d.htm
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/op/
To review EPA findings:
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/hartzq_a.htm

*DISCLAIMER: The information in these letters is verified with the
original source. I cannot assume responsibility for the accuracy of the
information or for the consequences of its use. Nothing in this email is
intended to encourage illegal action in whatever country you are reading
it in.

*Kinship Circle cannot guarantee the validity of email addresses. During
a campaign, recipients may change or disable their email addresses.

=============================================
SAMPLE LETTER #2
To government regulatory agencies
=============================================

Public Health Service, Central Region, Food and Drug Administration
Waterview Corporate Center; 10 Waterview Blvd., 3rd Floor
Parsippany, NJ 07054
ph: 973-526-6006

Center for Veterinary Medicine
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Division of Surveillance - HFV - 210
7500 Standish Place; Rockville, MD 20855
ph: 1-888-FDA-VETS (1-888-332-8387); email: [email protected]
CVMHomeP @ cvm.fda.gov
website: http://www.fda.gov/cvm/index/ade/adetoc.htm

OP Pesticide Docket (7502C)
Office of Pesticide Programs, EPA, Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; Washington, D.C. 20460
email: [email protected] opp.docket @ epa.gov
website: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/op/involve.htm

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Pesticide Programs, Mail Code: 7509C
Health Effects Division
Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; Washington, D.C. 20460
fax: 703-305-5147; email: [email protected]
comments @ epa.gov
Margaret J. Stasikowski, Director: 703-305-7351
Randolph Perfetti, Associate Director: 703-305-7351
website: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/op/

Officers of the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental
Protection Agency:

On August 28, 2004, Scruffy, a beloved 100-pound mutt, died quietly
alongside his distraught guardian. Andy, a single man who regards his
four dogs as family, remains in shock over a tragedy that began with a
simple dose of Hartz Advanced Care Flea & Tick Drops.

As you are aware, Andy is not alone. In 2002, the Environmental
Protection Agency registered 5,000 complaints about Hartz flea and tick
control products. After the EPA directed Hartz to relabel products with
"stronger precautionary statements and use directions," the agency
recorded over 1,400 consumer grievances within the first six months of
2003. The EPA has yet to issue a product recall, even though it
continues to receive adverse incident reports from animal caretakers,
veterinarians and Hartz itself.

While Hartz has updated application guidelines and installed a toll-free
line for consumer questions, they continue to market merchandise that
left Brian Hiatt's cats, Kiser and Stryker, collapsing and seizing.
Stephanie Simao's cat Ruckus wound up with permanent nerve damage after
exposure to a Hartz Advanced Care Anti-Flea treatment. Mike Groves lost
his cat Goldie to Hartz Advanced Flea & Tick Drops. In November 2003,
Groves told CBS 2 Los Angeles News: "I want Hartz to know the product is
poison. It's killing animals, it's making animals sick."

Hartz products harm more animals than those publicized in the media. I
respectfully ask federal agencies mandated to oversee drug or pesticide
commodities to expedite investigations into Hartz Advanced Care Brand
Flea and Tick Drops Plus for Cats and Kittens (EPA Reg. No. 2596-148),
Hartz Advanced Care Brand Once-a-Month Flea and Tick Drops for Cats and
Kittens (EPA Reg. No. 2596-151)--along with the rest of Hartz inventory,
presently available at drug stores, supermarkets and mass merchandisers
around the nation.

I am dismayed products formulated with phenothrin--a toxin shown to
induce nerve damage, especially in cats--sit on retail shelves.
Phenothrin, a synthetic form of pyrethrin, is the active ingredient in
Hartz advanced flea and tick spot treatments, even though studies reveal
safety concerns about chemicals from the pyrethrin family.

The respected Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
alerted veterinarians to possible hazards in a detailed article on Hartz
relabeling (2/15/03). Angela Rose, DVM, of the Cat Clinic of NW
Arkansas, told KHOU-TV Texas about her videotaped archive of cases
involving "a toxic reaction to a topical synthetic pyrethrin." Among the
afflicted animals she sees annually is Punkin, a two-year-old cat who
suffered extreme muscle tremors and grand mal seizures after the
animal's guardian applied Hartz Advanced Care Plus.

"[The major suppliers to veterinarians] know pyrethrin is not safe," Dr.
Rose stated. "Pyrethrin is outdated." In fact, Bayer's Advantage
utilizes imidacloprid; Merial's Frontline contains fipronil; Pfizer's
Revolution is manufactured with selamectin. Serious repercussions appear
to be rare in these veterinarian-dispensed flea and tick treatments.

There is no justifiable reason for Hartz Mountain Corporation, the
world's largest manufacturer of animal care products, to cling to an
obsolete ingredient capable of causing hypersalivation, vomiting,
ataxia, muscle tremors, hypo- or hyperthermia, seizures, paralysis, or
major organ failure in even ONE animal, let alone many.

Andy would probably agree. Hours after he applied Hartz drops to
Scruffy, he watched
his best friend stagger and seize. With limited use of a car and no
phone at his rural home, Andy laid down in his driveway, clung to
Scruffy and pleaded: "Please don't die." But Scruffy's kidneys could not
rebound from the poison. After several days of veterinary treatment, he
died.

Please don't let Hartz over-the-counter products claim another companion
animal. I encourage regulatory agencies to conduct more reliable risk
assessments of Hartz products. If our government cannot stop the sale,
manufacture and distribution of suspect products, the courts may
ultimately do so through class action lawsuits against the Hartz
Mountain Corporation.

Please let me know where I can review actions currently underway to
protect animals from Hartz flea and tick control products. I look
forward to your reply.

Thank you,

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

9/8/04--#3.) Warning: Hartz Kills--To File A Consumer Complaint

KINSHIP CIRCLE LETTER CAMPAIGN
http://www.kinshipcircle.org
4-PART LETTER CAMPAIGN

This email is PART #3 of a 4-PART campaign to initiate a recall of Hartz
flea and tick control products, which have proven harmful and deadly in
thousands of recorded cases since 2000.

#1.) Warning: Hartz Kills--To Hartz Mountain Corp. & Its Owner, Sumitomo
Corp.
#2.) Warning: Hartz Kills--To Regulatory Agencies
#3.) WARNING: HARTZ KILLS--TO FILE A CONSUMER COMPLAINT
#4.) Warning: Hartz Kills--To Retailers/Sponsors

**If you're missing any of these sections, email
[email protected] info @ kinshipcircle and I will resend it to
you.

SOURCE OF INFORMATION

http://www.geocities.com/againsthartz/LetterCamp1.html
http://www.hartzvictims.org
http://www.BoycottHartz.com
http://www.vetcentric.com/magazine/maga ... cleID=1725
http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/avictimhartz.htm
http://www.solanopetemergency.com/fleaprods.htm
http://www.fda.gov/foi/warning_letters/g4627d.htm
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/op/
To review EPA findings:
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/hartzq_a.htm

*DISCLAIMER: The information in these letters is verified with the
original source. I cannot assume responsibility for the accuracy of the
information or for the consequences of its use. Nothing in this email is
intended to encourage illegal action in whatever country you are reading
it in.

*Kinship Circle cannot guarantee the validity of email addresses. During
a campaign, recipients may change or disable their email addresses.

=============================================
SAMPLE LETTER #3
To file consumer complaints about
Hartz flea & tick control products
=============================================

Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs and Product Safety

428 Hart Senate Office Building; Washington DC, 20510
ph: 202-224-5183; fax: 202-228-0326
web email form:
http://commerce.senate.gov/contact/inde ... o=consumer
website: http://commerce.senate.gov/subcommittees/consumer.cfm

House Committee On Science
Subcommittee on Environment, Technology, and Standards
2320 Rayburn House Office Building; Washington, DC 20515
ph: 202-225-6371; fax: 202-226-0113
email: [email protected]
Science @ mail.house.gov
website:
http://www.house.gov/science/committeei ... vironment/

Sir/Madam:

Please register my complaint against Hartz Mountain Corporation's line
of flea and tick control treatments. On August 28, 2004, Scruffy, a
beloved 100-pound mutt, died quietly alongside his distraught guardian.
Andy, a single man who regards his four dogs as family, remains in shock
over a tragedy that began with a simple dose of Hartz Advanced Care Flea
& Tick Drops.

Andy is not alone. In 2002, the Environmental Protection Agency
registered 5,000 complaints about Hartz flea and tick control products.
After the EPA directed Hartz to relabel products with "stronger
precautionary statements and use directions," the agency recorded over
1,400 consumer grievances within the first six months of 2003. The EPA
has yet to issue a product recall, even though it continues to receive
adverse incident reports from animal caretakers, veterinarians and Hartz
itself.

While Hartz has updated application guidelines and installed a toll-free
line for consumer questions, they continue to market merchandise that
left Brian Hiatt's cats, Kiser and Stryker, collapsing and seizing.
Stephanie Simao's cat Ruckus wound up with permanent nerve damage after
exposure to a Hartz Advanced Care Anti-Flea treatment. Mike Groves lost
his cat Goldie to Hartz Advanced Flea & Tick Drops. In November 2003,
Groves told CBS 2 Los Angeles News: "I want Hartz to know the product is
poison. It's killing animals, it's making animals sick."

Hartz products harm more animals than those publicized in the media. I
have asked federal agencies mandated to oversee drug or pesticide
commodities to expedite investigations into Hartz Advanced Care Brand
Flea and Tick Drops Plus for Cats and Kittens (EPA Reg. No. 2596-148),
Hartz Advanced Care Brand Once-a-Month Flea and Tick Drops for Cats and
Kittens (EPA Reg. No. 2596-151)--along with the rest of Hartz
inventory.

Hartz goods are presently available at drug stores, supermarkets and
mass merchandisers around the nation. I respectfully ask the Senate
Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs and Product Safety and the House
Subcommittee on Environment, Technology, and Standards to survey the
thousands of consumers effected by Hartz flea and tick control
products.

I am dismayed products formulated with phenothrin--a toxin shown to
induce nerve damage, especially in cats--sit on retail shelves.
Phenothrin, a synthetic form of pyrethrin, is the active ingredient in
Hartz's advanced flea and tick spot treatments, even though studies
reveal safety concerns about chemicals from the pyrethrin family.

The respected Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
alerted veterinarians to possible hazards in a detailed article on Hartz
relabeling (2/15/03). Angela Rose, DVM, of the Cat Clinic of NW
Arkansas, told KHOU-TV Texas about her videotaped archive of cases
involving "a toxic reaction to a topical synthetic pyrethrin." Among the
afflicted animals she sees annually is Punkin, a two-year-old cat who
suffered extreme muscle tremors and grand mal seizures after the
animal's guardian applied Hartz Advanced Care Plus.

"[The major suppliers to veterinarians] know pyrethrin is not safe," Dr.
Rose stated. "Pyrethrin is outdated." In fact, Bayer's Advantage
utilizes imidacloprid; Merial's Frontline contains fipronil; Pfizer's
Revolution is manufactured with selamectin. Serious repercussions appear
to be rare in these veterinarian-dispensed flea and tick treatments.

There is no justifiable reason for Hartz Mountain Corporation, the
world's largest manufacturer of animal care products, to cling to an
obsolete ingredient capable of causing hypersalivation, vomiting,
ataxia, muscle tremors, hypo- or hyperthermia, seizures, paralysis, or
major organ failure in even ONE animal, let alone many.

Andy would probably agree. Hours after he applied Hartz drops to
Scruffy, he watched
his best friend stagger and seize. With limited use of a car and no
phone at his rural home, Andy laid down in his driveway, clung to
Scruffy and pleaded: "Please don't die." But Scruffy's kidneys could not
rebound from the poison. After several days of veterinary treatment, he
died.

In addition to filing my complaint, I hope you will take action to
prevent Hartz products from claiming another companion animal. If our
government cannot stop the sale, manufacture and distribution of suspect
products, the courts may ultimately do so through class action lawsuits
against the Hartz Mountain Corporation.

Thank you for your time and consideration in this serious matter. I look
forward to your reply.

Sincerely,

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9/8/04--#4.) Warning: Hartz Kills--To Retailers/Sponsors

KINSHIP CIRCLE LETTER CAMPAIGN
http://www.kinshipcircle.org
4-PART LETTER CAMPAIGN

This email is PART #4 of a 4-PART campaign to initiate a recall of Hartz
flea and tick control products, which have proven harmful and deadly in
thousands of recorded cases since 2000.

#1.) Warning: Hartz Kills--To Hartz Mountain Corp. & Its Owner, Sumitomo
Corp.
#2.) Warning: Hartz Kills--To Regulatory Agencies
#3.) Warning: Hartz Kills--To File A Consumer Complaint
#4.) WARNING: HARTZ KILLS--TO RETAILERS/SPONSORS

**If you're missing any of these sections, email [email protected]
info @ kinshipcircle and I will resend it to you.

SOURCE OF INFORMATION
http://www.geocities.com/againsthartz/LetterCamp1.html
http://www.hartzvictims.org
http://www.BoycottHartz.com
http://www.vetcentric.com/magazine/maga ... cleID=1725
http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/avictimhartz.htm
http://www.solanopetemergency.com/fleaprods.htm
http://www.fda.gov/foi/warning_letters/g4627d.htm
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/op/
To review EPA findings:
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/hartzq_a.htm

*DISCLAIMER: The information in these letters is verified with the
original source. I cannot assume responsibility for the accuracy of the
information or for the consequences of its use. Nothing in this email is
intended to encourage illegal action in whatever country you are reading
it in.

*Kinship Circle cannot guarantee the validity of email addresses. During
a campaign, recipients may change or disable their email addresses.

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SAMPLE LETTER #4
To Hartz Retailers/Sponsors
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PETsMART, Inc.

19601 North 27th Avenue; Phoenix, AZ 85027
ph: 1-800-738-1385, EXT 2518; Customer service email:
[email protected]
custserv @ SSG.PETsMART.com
Dan Tisch, Customer Service Manager; ph: 1-800-738-1385 x2518

PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc.
Customer Satisfaction Team
9125 Rehco Road; San Diego, CA 92121
ph: 1-888-824-PALS(7257)
web email form: http://www.petco.com/corpinfo_contact.asp?webt=0&0-6554
email: [email protected]
Storehelp @ petsmart.com

AKC Headquarters
260 Madison Ave.; New York, NY 10016
ph: 212-696-8200; website: http://www.akc.org/
web email form: http://www.akc.org/akc/contact_akc.cfm

The Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 1005; Manasquan, NJ 08736-0805
ph: 732-528-9797; fax: 732-528-7391; email: [email protected] cfa @ cfa.org
website: http://www.cfainc.org/

PETsMART, PETCO Animal Supplies, AKC Headquarters, and The Cat Faciers'
Association:

On August 28, 2004, Scruffy, a beloved 100-pound mutt, died quietly
alongside his distraught guardian. Andy, a single man who regards his
four dogs as family, remains in shock over a tragedy that began with a
simple dose of Hartz Advanced Care Flea & Tick Drops.

Andy is not alone. In 2002, the Environmental Protection Agency
registered 5,000 complaints about Hartz flea and tick control products.
After the EPA directed Hartz to relabel products with "stronger
precautionary statements and use directions," the agency recorded over
1,400 consumer grievances within the first six months of 2003. The EPA
has yet to issue a product recall, even though it continues to receive
adverse incident reports from animal caretakers, veterinarians and Hartz
itself.

I write to respectfully ask each of you to relinquish your role as
promoter of Hartz products. Specifically, I ask PETsMART, Inc. and PETCO
Animal Supplies, Inc. to not sell Hartz flea and tick control
treatments. I encourage the American Kennel Club to end its association
with Hartz as the official sponsor of the AKC Veterinary Outreach
Program. And I urge The Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc. to drop Hartz as
a contributor to the CFA Mentoring Program.

While Hartz has updated application guidelines and installed a toll-free
line for consumer questions, they continue to market merchandise that
left Brian Hiatt's cats, Kiser and Stryker, collapsing and seizing.
Stephanie Simao's cat Ruckus wound up with permanent nerve damage after
exposure to a Hartz Advanced Care Anti-Flea treatment. Mike Groves lost
his cat Goldie to Hartz Advanced Flea & Tick Drops. In November 2003,
Groves told CBS 2 Los Angeles News: "I want Hartz to know the product is
poison. It's killing animals, it's making animals sick."

Hartz products harm more animals than those publicized in the media. I
have asked federal agencies to expedite investigations into Hartz
Advanced Care Brand Flea and Tick Drops Plus for Cats and Kittens (EPA
Reg. No. 2596-148), Hartz Advanced Care Brand Once-a-Month Flea and Tick
Drops for Cats and Kittens (EPA Reg. No. 2596-151)--along with the rest
of Hartz inventory.

I am dismayed products formulated with phenothrin--a toxin shown to
induce nerve damage, especially in cats--are still for sale at PETsMART,
PETCO, and other mass merchandisers around the nation. Phenothrin, a
synthetic form of pyrethrin, is the active ingredient in Hartz's
advanced flea and tick spot treatments, even though studies reveal
safety concerns about chemicals from the pyrethrin family.

The respected Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
alerted veterinarians to possible hazards in a detailed article on Hartz
relabeling (2/15/03). Angela Rose, DVM, of the Cat Clinic of NW
Arkansas, told KHOU-TV Texas about her videotaped archive of cases
involving "a toxic reaction to a topical synthetic pyrethrin." Among the
afflicted animals she sees annually is Punkin, a two-year-old cat who
suffered extreme muscle tremors and grand mal seizures after the
animal's guardian applied Hartz Advanced Care Plus.

"[The major suppliers to veterinarians] know pyrethrin is not safe," Dr.
Rose stated. "Pyrethrin is outdated."

There is no justifiable reason for Hartz Mountain Corporation, the
world's largest manufacturer of animal care products, to cling to an
obsolete ingredient capable of causing hypersalivation, vomiting,
ataxia, muscle tremors, hypo- or hyperthermia, seizures, paralysis, or
major organ failure in even ONE animal, let alone many.

Andy would probably agree. Hours after he applied Hartz drops to
Scruffy, he watched
his best friend stagger and seize. With limited use of a car and no
phone at his rural home, Andy laid down in his driveway, clung to
Scruffy and pleaded: "Please don't die." But Scruffy's kidneys could not
rebound from the poison. After several days of veterinary treatment, he
died.

You may read more consumer testimonials at www.hartzvictims.org and see
EPA findings at www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/hartzq_a.htm. I hope
each of you will make the conscientious decision to no longer sell or
support Hartz flea and tick control products.

Thank you for your time and consideration in this serious matter. I look
forward to your reply.

Sincerely,

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-Sign the petition against Hartz!
http://www.petitiononline.com/hartz/

-Stop Hartz! They are killing animals!
please visit www.hartzvictims.org

-Learn More about Hartz Poison!
http://www.geocities.com/againsthartz/
 

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I'm so sorry for your loss. I worked at a vet for 6 years and we saw several cats come in with severe reactions to Hartz products and, sadly, some did die. I just can't believe it's still on the market for cats. It's outragous!
 

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It looks like they are only relabeling for a short time until they pull the products off the shelf. Too bad it's flea and tick season right now! :?
 

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I have also had a cat get sick from using Hartz. And my sister-in-law had to take her cat to vet hospital after using it, made him terribly sick. I refuse to use the stuff.
 

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WOW, luckily my cats have never had fleas or ticks, maybe because they're indoors at all times?? But this news is so heart breaking! I cannot believe this product is still in stores. It makes me sick! I'll be saying prayers that Hartz will be stopped ASAP! My heart breaks for the cats and owners that have suffered from this company. :(
 
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