You may be surprised to learn the above graphic is not the latest meme from Broken Hartz.
According to ToyMania.com and other sources, Hartz Mountain Corporation has teamed up with Skelanimals to produce a new line of toys, collars, leashes, pet clothing, feeding dishes and bedding. These products will be made available at pet supply stores in the United States and Canada featuring the designs of cute and – get this – dead animals.
Yes, Hartz, the manufacturer of spot-on flea and tick products most likely to kill your cat or dog, as revealed by EPA reports from 2010, have decided deceased animals are a “cute, yet edgy” way to represent their brand, as stated by Hartz’ Senior Director of Marketing for Toys and Accessories. With an appalling safety record spanning decades, numerous product recalls and a history of class-action lawsuit after class-action lawsuit among what are surely many more individual court cases and settlements, Hartz’ Senior Director of Marketing for Toys and Accessories may have a point.
A portion of Skelanimal’s Twitter bio reads:
“Skelanimals are adorable animals who have met an untimely end due to their reckless behavior.”
Has Hartz finally embraced the truth?
Associates of Skelanimals reading this post may wish to peruse our Shenanigans page, as well as our Other Activists list to the right, for more examples of Hartz’ well-deserved bad reputation. Nice company to do business with, huh?
Additionally, despite our organization only having been in operation for five months, we already hear from victims of this shady manufacturer multiple times a week. The heartbroken stories are strikingly similar: they purchased a product thought to be safe, applied it to their family’s companion animal(s) as directed, noticed the animal suffering symptoms ranging from vomiting and diarrhea to seizures, and wished they had researched the product first. Some animals make a full recovery, but many do not and far too many die.
Enlightened by the harsh reality of the pain and suffering these products can cause, victims reach out to HartzVictims.org, us and others to confirm what we tell the world every day: Hartz flea and tick products are dangerous and have no place in the pet care market.
We also can’t help but notice the Skelanimals style looks awfully similar to Broken Hartz. This is ironic, seeing as how Hartz was so concerned about confusion in the marketplace between our organizations. What’s going on Hartz? Are you planning on launching a “Broken Hartz” line? We’re just curious.
- Be there or be square!
October 15th is Worldwide Boycott Hartz Day. [Boycott Hartz Facebook]
- FDA: “Regulations do not allow for products to be removed based on consumer complaints alone.”
Nearly 1,000 complaints and no recall in site for chicken jerky treats made in China because the FDA can’t figure out what’s wrong with them. [TIME]
- “Sorry your dog died from our product, here’s $100, sign and initial here.”
The above mentioned chicken jerky treat manufacturers are also reportedly offering victims cash in exchange for silence. This “goodwill gesture” (pay off) and “standard release form” (liability waiver) is commonly experienced by Hartz victims as well. [Daily Mail]
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- Lennox and the Lessons of BSL
Rumpy Dog’s thoughts on Breed Specific Legislation. [RumpyDog]
- Lennox’s Crazy Dog Warden
Doesn’t this person’s conduct make it obvious who has been right all along here? [Northern Country Gazette]
- 149,051 signatures and counting
Sign the petition to Save Lennox. [Petition Online]