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Leon's letters
Correspondence To Merial Regarding Léon’s Fibrosarcoma

September 3, 2004

Dr. -------
Merial Canada
20,000 Clarke Grayham
Baie D’Urfe, Quebec
H9X 4B6 CANADA

Dear Dr. -------,

As a follow up to our conversation regarding Léon, (the French Bulldog who was operated on by Dr. ----- to remove the fibrosarcoma and the microchip), I would like to reiterate the importance of Merial providing more accurate information regarding the “safety” of vaccines and microchips.

I have spoken with two employees of Schering-Plough USA regarding complications due to microchips. Both individuals admit that they are fully aware of cases of microchips not only causing abscesses but also causing growths.

In addition, I have spoken with a rodent pathologist at Bayer who says that one cannot rule out the possibility that the microchip is the cause of Léon’s fibrosarcoma because their tests have shown that microchips can induce sarcomas. In fact, the pathologist says that their research demonstrates that any foreign body can induce a sarcoma.

With regards to the possibility that the vaccines are the cause of Léon’s fibrosarcoma, perhaps you and your colleagues would be interested in reading the book entitled “What Vets Don’t Tell You About Vaccines” by Catherine O’Driscoll. According to O’Driscoll’s research, vaccines are the source of a wide range of illnesses that our animals are experiencing on a daily basis.

If you would like to take the vaccine discussion one step further, you and your colleagues should add the book entitled “Vaccination – The Medical Assault on the Immune System” by Dr. Viera Scheibner to your reading list. In particular you will probably take great interest in the association that is made between the polio vaccine and AIDS. More specifically, on page 157 Scheibner writes, “…(Louis) Pascal demonstrated that AIDS originated in the Belgian Congo as a direct result of mass oral polio vaccination while the vaccine was contaminated with a simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV).” Interestingly enough, there has been recent media attention on this specific issue.

So, Dr. -------, if the information provided by Dr. Scheibner and others is correct, do the benefits of vaccines truly outweigh the risks? More specifically, if the polio vaccine is the cause of the AIDS epidemic, it seems difficult to believe that the benefits of vaccines outweigh the risks. As we all know, AIDS is an international disaster that will rain havoc on mankind for countless generations.

We also know that we are only human and that all of us make mistakes. However, while some individuals and organizations accept responsibility for their mistakes and take swift action to resolve their mistakes, others lack the courage and the decency to accept responsibility for their mistakes. Instead they blindly pursue their madness to the misfortune and detriment of innocent and unsuspecting victims.

Before Léon was microchipped I was assured by a Merial sales representative that there was no risk involved with microchipping Léon. The information provided by Merial’s website regarding the safety of microchips also states that there is no danger with microchips, not even the chance of causing an abscess. While representatives of both Schering-Plough and Bayer admit that microchips can cause abscesses and growths, I fail to comprehend how Merial claims otherwise. Merial’s website regarding the safety of microchips is not only misleading but also false.

It is imperative that Merial updates its website immediately regarding the safety, or lack thereof, of microchips. The public must be allowed to make an educated decision regarding whether or not they are willing to take the risk of microchipping their trusting animals.

It is also imperative that Merial (and all pharmaceutical companies) improve their vaccines and vaccination protocol. Accurate information regarding the “safety” of vaccines must also be provided.

While you say that you and your colleagues “love” the animals and that you work for Merial because you believe Merial is commited to excellence, I am reminded of the phrase “talk is cheap.” After waiting for more than four months, no progress has been made with Léon’s case. Even though you say that Merial Canada and Merial France are completely separate, I am sure that if a division of Merial discovers a money-making medical breakthrough, everyone at Merial will rejoice…all the way to the bank. However, in Léon’s case Merial Canada and Merial France are conveniently separate!

Frankly, I am not interested in anyone passing the buck and using the excuse of not advancing with Léon’s case because of the alleged division between Merial Canada and Merial France. I am also not interested in hearing about Merial’s “bureaucratic red tape” as a reason for not advancing with Léon’s case. Let’s make progress NOW, not years down the road when other unsuspecting pet owners find themselves in the same situation that I have found myself in with Léon.

At the end of the day, Dr. -------, I have to live with the lifelong mistake that I trusted the vets, the sales representatives and the pharmaceutical companies with the health of my friend, Léon. A friend who doesn’t complain. A friend who makes me laugh. A friend who inspires me. A friend who trusts me with his life. A friend who happens to be a true friend.

So, out of respect to my voiceless companion, I will speak on Léon’s behalf. If my words fall on deaf, ignorant and uncaring ears, I will speak louder. I will speak until I am heard and progress is made.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Jeanne
 
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