Hartz Flea & Tick Products - Dangerous for Pets

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Despite multitudes of well-documented cases of Hartz Flea & Tick Products causing injury and death to many innocent pets, Hartz Mountain Corp. continues to deny any wrongdoing and insists that its products are safe.

Evidence against the safety of Hartz Flea & Tick products continues to grow rapidly. TV news channels have ran numerous reports on the problem and a class action suit has been filed against Hartz Mountain Corp. by the law firm of Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP and Squitieri & Fearon, LLP. However, these deadly products are still being sold in stores across the nation and remain well within the reach of unsuspecting consumers who are unwittingly putting their beloved pets into harm's way.

Further information regarding the class action lawsuit against Hartz Mountain Corporation can be found online at the following address:
http://www.faruqilaw.com/RecentFillings/hartz.htm

The principal ingredient in Hartz brand Flea & Tick products for cats is a 40-year-old chemical pesticide called Phenothrin. Although long since banned for use as a lawn pesticide, due its toxicity, Phenothrin constitutes over 85\% of the total ingredients in Hartz Advanced Care Plus topical flea & tick drops for cats.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is also actively collecting information regarding incidents with pets that have been affected by Hartz Flea & Tick products. EPA findings to date criticize Hartz for their testing practices and have suggested re-evaluation of these products for their safety. The EPA has also highlighted problems with the way in which Hartz Mountain Corp. has incorrectly categorized reported incidents of problems with cats such as to obscure the severity of the problem.

Veterinarians across the country are already fully aware of the problems caused by these Hartz brand topical flea & tick medications that are available over the counter. Interviews with veterinarians in Jacksonville, FL, for example, concluded that nearly two-thirds of the approximately 30 surveyed have seen problems related to the Hartz products and see them regularly. Research among veterinarians in other states produced similar results.

WJCT Channel 4 news (covering Northeast Florida and South Georgia) aired an extensive report in late October 2002 about heartbreaking personal experiences of pet owners using Hartz brand flea & tick products, along with veterinarians warnings about the problems associated with them. WJCT held back the report for several weeks to coincide with the start of the Nielson ratings sweep period to maximize the exposure of the story, which was also picked up by other WJCT affiliate stations in Houston, Detroit & Miami. WJCTs online version of the report can be found at the following address:
http://www.news4jax.com/jax/news/stories/news-175256020021031-161022.html

The following online resources document further information related to the ongoing problems affecting pets and pet owners. The vast majority of these testimonials are from legitimately concerned, loving pet owners with nothing to gain by maligning Hartz Mountain Corp. Some of these links are stories that were run by TV news stations. Almost all of these online resources are unrelated to each other. This highlights the extent to which pet owners across the country are learning about this problem, the hard way. A search using the term hartz in Googles newsgroup search engine at http://groups.google.com produced hundreds of other results describing cases of illness and death to pets by using of Hartz Flea & Ticks Products.

Please join other concerned and caring animal lovers by signing this petition. We sincerely appreciate your time and your support.
For more information, resources and updates to the petition, please visit Against Hartz:
http://www.geocities.com/againsthartz/

10762 Signatures

  • Angelica K
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    • It's shameful what people will do for money. It's time our pets stopped being injured and killed with indifference.
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • Hillsborough, NC
  • Anna N
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • Boulder, CO
  • Linda S
    • Comments
    • I do not use any products made by Hartz and urge others to boycot their products which may be harmful to companion animals.
  • Amy B
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    • Boyfriends cat became very ill. Had to go to the emergency room. I have heard many similar stories. Do the right thing Hartz!
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • Ventura, Ca.
  • Elka Z
    • Comments
    • Hartz Mountain Corporation is a bunch of carpet baggers! They don't care about the agony of the animals and the heartbreak of their families.
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • U.S.A.
  • Rebecca C
    • Comments
    • Ban these products now!
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • Canada
  • Jesse M
  • Velma R
    • Comments
    • This needs to be taken off market.
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • Greensboro,NC.27406
  • Eileen M
    • Comments
    • I work at a veterinary hospital and have seen so many cats brought in already dead in their owners arms because they used the product and just didn't know. I am utterly shocked the product has not been pulled.
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • Philadelphia, PA
  • julie m
    • Comments
    • The Hartz flea products should be removed from the shelves. I've known too many people who have almost lost a beloved pet due to the use of these products
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • knoxville, tn.
  • debby p
    • Comments
    • hartz should be ashamed of themselves!
  • Noelle G
    • Comments
    • MY 3 CATS WERE POISONED TODAY FROM HARTZ PRODUCTS & MAY NOT LIVE ... WHAT CAN I DO AGAINST HARTZ?
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • Centreville, VA
  • Angie G
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • UK
  • Brenda A
    • Comments
    • I will NEVER use Hartz products on my cats. They don't care about someone's pet, all they care about is making money even if it kills a few cats and dogs.
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • Pensacola, Florida
  • Lynn B
    • Comments
    • This product MUST BE REMOVED from shelves immediately! Any product made should be for the improved health of a pet; it should NOT be detrimental to them.
  • Sharon
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • Egg Harbor City, N.J.
  • laura w
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • richmond, ca.
  • Derek S
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • Fishers, IN USA
  • Elaine G
    • Comments
    • my pets can't sign this, so I am
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • Schenectady, New York
  • Ella A
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • PIKESVILLE, MD
  • Angie W
  • Teresa S
    • Comments
    • Flea drops killed family cat by damaging nervous system, liver and kidneys. Take these products off the market!
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • Grottoes, Va.
  • Jennifer L
    • Comments
    • Please stop harming innocent animals! It's a horrible feeling to think that you yourself made your cat more sick and uncomfortable instead of helping him. It's a helpless and scary situation. I'm warning everyone I know that has animals - trying to spread the word.
  • Joseph S
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • New Haven, CT, USA
  • Kathy Daily, R
    • Comments
    • These products are the biggest cause for emergency visits to veterinarians during the summer. They should NOT be available.
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • El Dorado, KS
  • John J. McGovern I
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • Hilton Head Island, SC 29928-3554
  • Shandi S
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • Olpe, Kansas
  • Kiersten H
    • Comments
    • My cat was sickened this morning by Hartz Flea and Tick Treatment and had violent shaking, she is currently at the vet, and we do not yet know how severe the affects of this product will be on her. I'm in disbelief after finding out about the reactions this product can cause that it is even allowed to be sold at all anymore. I'm quite disgusted Hartz would continue to sell this product with supposed new relabeling. My can has never before shown a reaction to this product, and now suddenly reacts violently, so the relabeling did us absolutely no good.
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • Santa Clarita, CA
  • kathleen s
  • Wendy R. B
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • Macon, GA
  • Madeline R
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • Illinois
  • William G
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • Macon, GA
  • Mitchell K
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • San Antonio, TX
  • Melissa L
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • Albany, NY
  • Dean S
    • Comments
    • I can personally attest to the dangers of using Hartz products on cats. I would like to see some action taken against this company; and to at least see their products removed from stores before even more pets and their owners' are made to suffer.
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • Charleston, SC; USA
  • Susan K. W
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • Cayucos, CA
  • sue c
    • Comments
    • almost another victim!!!
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • nh
  • pamela p
    • Comments
    • my cat almost died. $669.00 in vet bill.
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • bear,de
  • dean c
    • Comments
    • please get to the bottom of this problem
  • Rhonda S
    • Comments
    • I had to take two of my cats to the emergency vet due to a reaction from Hartz flea and tick drops.
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • Charlotte, NC, USA
  • Sue H
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • Arlington, VA
  • stephanie m
    • Comments
    • BAN THESE PRODUCTS PLEASE
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • philadelphia, pa USA
  • Gretchen S
    • Comments
    • Obviously the makers of these products aren't animal lovers.
  • Sarah W
  • Teresa P
    • Comments
    • Make your products in USA!
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • US
  • Deb W
  • GENE B
    • Comments
    • lets hope my 10year old boy's cat does not die , it would break his heart .
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • MONTROSE , MICHIGAN
  • Lee W
    • Comments
    • They should either make the products safe or remove them from the market.
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • Los Angeles, CA
  • elena m
    • Comments
    • my two cats almost died!!!
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • redwood city, ca usa
  • Cristal L
    • Comments
    • my kiiten is 4 months old and got fleas so I went and bought the hartz flea medication thinking if it was being sold by this company and on store shelfs it would be safe..I applied the flea medication and had to bring my kitten to the vet the next day..she almost died. If there is a chance that this happens to animals it should not be on shelfs..I cant understand why a company would even want to sell products like these KNOWING that it can cause harm to a amimal..I have spread the word about the company and will continue to until every person I know is aware of this..they should be ashamed!!
    • City, State (US) or City, Country (Intl)
    • WRJ VT