July 25, 2007

The more things change, the more they stay the same

"Plus ca change, plus ca meme chose." The more things change, the more they stay the same.

It's a hard concept to grasp, but it seems apt for the way that some people cling to the status quo.

So I launched the petition to exempt sick pets from rabies vaccinations in Texas. To me, it's a no brainer.

First, the manufacturer's label specifically precludes administering to animals who are immuno-suppressed. So one does not need an exemption, but an ethical vet.

Second, it does not exempt a pet owner from properly licensing a cat or dog. So city and county tax offices get their due.

Third, it requires the signature of a licensed vet. And vets still get paid for an office visit and wellness exam every year.

Everybody ought to be happy with this.

I joined a few raw feeding and no-vax groups to get something viral going - pet lovers sign and send to other pet lovers.

We're up to 236 signatures.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Now what's wrong with the rest of you people?

They work for a vet. They are a vet. They want to be a vet. They have a friend who is a vet. They believe their vet. And it is anathema to acknowledge that what they were told by vets, those most trusted of medical professionals, is bullshit.

Okay. Fine. Have it your way. Vaccinate your pets until they turn blue. But give me the choice to say "no" to unnecessary vaccinations.

Others can't go along with the "language." To classify themselves as a "pet guardian" is an open invitation for government control. Next thing you know, The Humane Society, PETA and "government" will dictate how to feed and breed our dogs and cats. They don't want government telling them what to do.

Hey, I hear you. Regrettably, it already does. Hence the petition.

The third category of naysayer is one who simply "knows better" without a shred of scientific support.

"Just FYI…No definitive study shows the adverse reaction to Rabies vaccines in dogs and cats. Since, like people, no one is sure what the active protection is from animal to animal, revaccination is the only way to ensure your loving pet is adequately protected. In Bexar County, San Antonio, Rabies is only required every 3 years."

So I trot out the Task Force Study on Vaccine Associated Sarcomas.

"Good study. But that's just cats. There's nothing about dogs."

So I trot out more science.

When she would not be dissuaded from her position by facts, I simply asked her to show me the scientific support for it. She disappeared.

In 30 minutes, our Craigslist post was removed, flagged as SPAM.

If you can't win the war of words, kill the messenger.

The media has greeted my news releases about this petition with a big yawn. What's in it for them?

When I chastised Mike Leggett, Outdoors editor, for giving bad advice to Austin American Statesman readers to "have your pets vaccinated annually to protect against rabies," he justified it:

"...there are several things about this. rabies vaccinations are known to last longer than one year. however, there are cities that require them, especially if there's pet/human confrontation of any kind. the only way to protect yourself and your pet is to have the vaccine each year."

In other words, don't vaccinate your dog, cat or ferret against rabies; they are already immune. Insult their already compromised immune systems again with bad medicine to protect yourself against bad laws.


This is not just Texas. It's all over the country.

A woman in Will County, Illinois reported that even though her dog had been vaccinated in Chicago, she was advised to re-vaccinate her dog. The proof of vaccination from another county does not serve in Will County.

The rabies laws are so outdated and inconsistently applied; there is so much mis-information and dis-information and so little science and so many entities in the established order are abusing animals for economic reasons, I am hurt, I am threatened, I am pissed off.

Stupid stupid stupid vets.

And the owner of the list, who is studying to be a vet, "we'll have no vet bashing here."

Let's hope she learns something in one of the 23 veterinary colleges who advise against this malpractice.

Nothing is ever as easy as it ought to be. And there's just no accounting for how far some people will go to protect the status quo.

There are two weeks until the Texas Department of Health Services Council meeting. I still don't have an agenda. I need one major newspaper or television station to roll with this.

From my keyboard to God's ears.

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