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Catherine O'Driscoll

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Thank you, Catherine.  Your outstanding work promoting animal health has long been an inspiration to me. - Sandy

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Dear Sandy

I was of course disappointed to hear that the future of Vaccination News is in jeopardy.  As you know, Canine Health Concern has been campaigning to end the over-vaccination of dogs – a practice that is causing untold suffering and death.  Just to get the unmitigated truth out right at the beginning of this letter: once an individual is immune to viral disease, they are immune.  Duration of immunity studies have shown that dogs and cats are immune to viral disease for at least seven years by direct challenge, and up to 15 years by serology.  Veterinary bodies around the world have confirmed that annual vaccination is neither necessary nor safe.  Our own research has shown that vaccines can cause arthritis, epilepsy, diabetes, organ failure, allergies, cancer, leukaemia, a vast range of immune-mediated diseases, and death in dogs.  

And yet vets continue to demand that their clients vaccinate their pets every year.  This must surely be because 40% of practice income comes from booster revenue.  Can you imagine our human babies being vaccinated every year, throughout their lives, with a cocktail of vaccines?  Can you imagine the harm this would do to children?  

Ordinary people cannot match the budgets of pharmaceutical companies to advertise the simple truth.  We cannot give vets and veterinary teaching establishments thousands of pounds to alter their practices and their curriculum.  We can’t sponsor seminars, or pay for bursaries and research grants.  We are just ordinary people who have looked at the scientific evidence and know, without a shadow of doubt, that vets are making our animals ill.  They are empowered to do this by vaccine manufacturers which pay for skewed research and hide the less lucrative findings, and their sales message is hammered home by visiting sales reps and through corporate jollies and handouts.  

In this world of mass media marketing, it is absolutely vital that services such as Vaccination News are empowered to continue.  When our experts, such as doctors and vets, are educated (misled) within a commercially based system, there has to be a voice of balance out there.  Ordinary people who care for their children or their pets must have information available to them so that they can make informed, truthful, decisions.  

Change seems always to be made by an active and impassioned few.  It is hard to give your time and energy, as you have done.  But it is perhaps easier to write a cheque?  

If anyone values their freedom of choice, then they must support Vaccination News.  If we do nothing, then we are – to quote a phrase – simply part of the problem.  Blood is on our own hands.  Knowledge is power.  Don’t give your power away simply by doing nothing.  


Catherine O’Driscoll