Costco, Sams Club, Lowe's, Home Depot and Wal-Mart...where is your compassion for the hundreds of pet owners that lose their beloved cats or dogs each year to this plant you sell? It is not uncommon for a pet owner to spend thousands of dollars in an attempt to save their pet from the poison of this plant? Costco, Sams Club, Lowe's, Home Depot and Wal-Mart...Isn't it ironic these plants have warning labels on these plants on how to care for them, but no warnings that this plant can kill pets and even make a child sick? Did you do the research on this plant to keep your customers safe? Costco, Sams Club, Lowe's, Home Depot and Wal-Mart...did you know this plant and species like it, were once used to kill people? In some countries, Cycad parts are used as rat poison. Where is your common sense? Please label deadly plants and become businesses your customers will respect. Most families consider their pets as part of their family. BECOME ASPCA FRIENDLY AND SHOW COMPASSION TO PETS AND THEIR FAMILIES!!!



 





Sago Palm Plants Are Killing Our Pets
(PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION AND SAVE PETS)
 
Sago Palm Plants (Cycas revoluta)

UPDATE:
Aug 16, 2009 - Our Sago Plam Petition is just under 500 signatures out of a desired 1,000
signatures.  When ideas are brought forth, they are almost always contested as
being false or inaccurate.  Some people just like to be contentious.  They will be
the ones who will say it is up to us to do the research.  Unfortunately, some Cycad
sites don't even have the word poison in them!

The reading material below is correct, but I would like to change the direction a bit.
Society is not as protective of animals as they are of humankind.  I submit Cycads
are very dangerous to us.  There are a number of Cycad groups out there that
grow Cycads out of the passion to save and preserve an endangered plant. 
Their members are armed with information that could possibly save their lives
when it comes to handling these beautiful, but dangerous plants. Retailers do
not warn us (the consumer) when we buy these plants.  They are making money, right?
Lets throw out the premise that these plants kill hundreds of pets a year.  What
about us?  There has been enough research that these plants are dangerous to us,
but people at the government and corporate levels have fallen asleep at the wheel. 
Let this site be a time capsule to be discovered when people start being
affected by these plants.

There are countless other web sites and stories out on the net about this
epidemic problem. Perhaps CBS 60 Minutes or Dateline NBC will come
along and expose this coporate secret on the greed that is killing so many pets.

Since making this web site, I have met a great number of people
passionate about pets.  A growing number of them reside as members of
http://www.petlifesupport.com.  Come join us.  A paltry several hundred
pets die each year from Sago Palm, while millions are being put down each
year.  There must be more done to save them.  While the site is a Social
Network, it also allows people to network in a way to help other people
helping our animals.  It also contains a lot of reference material pertaining
to helping animals and just about pets. The site is there to facilitate people
who are trying to save animals. 

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Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta) Plants are beautiful.  Retailers don't want
you to know, the plant you want to bring home could kill your dog
or cat and possibly even make your children sick.  It is like having one of
most dangerous biohazards in your back yard or inside your home!
  It
is a ticking time bomb that will eventually kill some animal(s).
This website was launched to get the word out about these potentially
dangerous plants. Check out the Deadly 17 at the ASCPA's link:

ASPCA Deadly Plants

Here is how cyanide and Sago Palm Plants kill:

How Cyanide Kills
Internal Asphyxia

Now, why would retailers sell a plant to unsuspecting consumers that
can kill your kids or your pets?  Check out this link:

Ten most deadly ingested or inhaled poisons
THIS IS MADNESS! Cyanide is on the list! Want that in the backyard?

It is time to ask our law makers to pass legislation to adequately warn
consumers. There are at least 17 plants that pose the biggest threats.
It would be wonderful for aldermen/persons viewing this site to come up
with a model ordinance for their respective municipalities. This drive to
protect our furry friends should start from the bottom and work up.
Attorneys, there our a lot of very sad and painful stories pertaining to pets
being poisoned.  Some live after pet parents spending thousands of
dollars to save them. Most of these pets die if their owners don't take
immediate action. Could there be enough for a class action suit?

Please Sign Our Petition
BECAUSE THE PETITION SITES ARE UNDER CYBER ATTACK, WE WILL HAVE 2 PETITION SITES. ONLY SIGN ONE.
Petition Site #2


A Petition to Costco, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Sams Club.
Its time to label dangerous plants and not leave pet owners holding the bag.
Retailers soon will not be able to use the Plausible Deniability Defense.


The sago palm (Cycas revoluta) is generally described as a Perennial Tree or Shrub.
This Gymnosperm (seed-bearing plant) is not native to the U.S. (United States) .  It is
recommended to bring these plants in if temperatures go below 40 degrees F. Therein
lies a problem to indoor pets!  Pet owners are clueless until it is too late.  These plants
are becoming more popular in the northern states and carry no warnings.

I'm not calling for a ban on Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta) Plants and the other
ASPCA poisonous plants.  It would be almost impossible to ensure each
plant had a proper warning label.  I do, however, believe retailers should
have posted signs at their point of sale.  The signs would have the 17 plants
listed with photos of each.  Then people could make informed decisions instead
of being totally surprised when their pet goes down.  Perhaps the ASPCA and
animal groups could lobby their legislators.  Can we work to get this done? 
There could also be a united effort between veterinarians and the ASPCA
to post posters at veterinarian offices.  Laws would not have to be passed as
veterinarians are sympathic to this cause.  All caring pet owners would eventually
see the posters on annual check-ups.  It could be a beginning.  Perhaps, some retailers
would display posters without legislation.  It would be wonderful if Costco, Sams,
Walmart, Lowe's and other sellers of the Sago Palm Plants would do the right thing.
  We might even get some corporate sponsors.
I'm just thinking out loud.

I'm looking for local law makers and lobbyists.  Collectively, we could make up a model
ordinance that eventually be accepted by Cities, Counties and States.  Thankfully,
more Home Owner Associations are prohibiting plants like sago palms in being
in their neighborhoods.


Used specifically to kill people
Sago Palm contain neurotoxins and carcinogenic compounds. 
Cyads such as the Sago Palm were used to kill enemies, criminals
and even children according to this link.  Pay special attention
to sections about Cycads and Toxin.  These plants are more dangerous
than what has been portrayed on the Internet.  These plants are one of
the best selling plants worldwide.  It is just conjecture now, but Sago
Palms may be killing our pets at a greater rate.

The one common comment coming from pet owners having lost a pet from
Sago Palm Plants (Cycas revoluta) is "if we would have known." 
Below will be links to some very sad stories:

The story of Lucius 
(A real family nightmare - scroll through the blog)

2009 Reuters Article
Pet insurance company top ten deadly plant

2009 ASPCA Article - Sago Kills Puppy

Lowe's lame excuses (puppy dies)
This is a foreign plant to the United States

Sago Palm : Tony Spencer's Blog
More testaments pertaining to pet victims
One of the latest was a man poisoned just
by getting stuck by a leaf. May 14th, 2009 entry.

2 Boxers die & $10,000 spent to save them

Beanie's Story (Insights about Sago Palm Poisoning)

Skin contact alone could be dangerous
Article on Pages 4 & 5 Toxic Cycads
"But what about cycads as ornamentals? Just be careful! There is
evidence that cycads may be toxic via skin as well as mouth, so
they should be handled with care—no open wounds or licking of
exposed fingers (wear gloves)."


Lowe's A Pet-Friendly Back Yard Article

Here is a bit of irony. Lowe's actually advises against having Sago Palm Plants
among other plants dangerous for children and pets.  They even advise pet owners to
put a pet electric fence around plants not friendly to pets.  Why don't they have
consumer labels on these dangerous plants?  This is an acknowledgement that
they know they sell dangerous plants, but they don't care enough to advise pet
owners before they buy a pet dangerous plant.  Instead they are laying it on the
pet owner to investigate first.  Nice!
Sago Palm Zone 8 or Above

Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta) Plants only survive in temperatures
of 15 Fahrenheit or above (zones 8 or above).  Most of the USA is not friendly
to the Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta) Plants, so save lifes and money and check
out sites that sell realistic artificial
Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta) Plants.

If you were considering purchasing Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta) Plants
and this website has changed your mind, please drop me (Vince) an email at:
help4pets .  If you can help in any way, please drop us a line. Please let us
know if you have any confirming stories about Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)
Plants. Also, we would appreciate getting the word out on Sago Palm
(Cycas revoluta) Plants and the 16 other plants the ASPCA is warning the
public about. 

Below is Bella. She was the love of our lives. "If we would have known."
In her memory we hope to save others through this website.

Bella 
Bella
July 3rd, 2006 - April 14th, 2009



Q. I have a Sago Palm in my backyard by my pool.  It is too large to move or get rid of.  I live in an area where Sago Palms thrive.  Now that you have scared the s--t out of me, what can I do to prevent dogs and/or cats in my neighborhood from being poisoned?

A. There are several motion detector ultrasonic animal repellers out there. Some plug in and others are battery operated.  I would think the type only animals can hear would be best and then it won't disturb you.  Make sure you get one designed for dogs and cats. That should help ensure your neighbor's pet doesn't get too close to this plant. Warn your neighbors to keep their kids away from the plant. Keep the plant well pruned and make sure all parts of the plant that have fallen off are properly discarded.  Be sure to wear heavy gloves to protect yourself from being stuck.  One man reported he was stuck with no obvious cuts.  He took on signs of poisoning.  He was treated with antibiotics and is just fine.  Just be very careful!  I won't make friends by saying this, but I believe anyone that has one of these plants has a biohazard and they carry a liability to keep people and pets safe.  It is the equivalent to leaving the gate to your pool open and a kid falling in.  When in doubt, ask an attorney and maybe your insurance company.

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Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta) is a Japanese plant that has become popular in the United States. Much of its promotion comes from landscaping companies, nurseries, Costco, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Sams Club.  These same retailers sell the plants in parts of the country where they will not thrive.  None of them will dare disclose Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta) Plants are very deadly. The retailers are promoting a plant containing Cyanide.  Cyanide is one of man's most deadly poisons.  If you buy a plant that could kill or hurt your family and pets, don't you think the retailer is obligated to let you know?  Hundreds of Dogs and Cats bite into Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta) Plants each year and they die.  They seem to be attracted to this plant, perhaps due in part to a form of sugar (glycoside) and it is attached to a form of cyanide at a molecular level.  Once ingested, the cyanide attaches to red blood cells and prevents oxygen from getting to the red blood cells.  As red blood cells die, so does the liver.  Without a certain quantity of red blood cells in the system, the heart can and will go into cardiac arrest. It is a heartbreaking way for pet owners to see their loved ones die.  Until these retailers are actually told to stop this deceptive business practice of selling these plants to unsuspecting pet owners, they will be able to claim they didn't know.  Once they know and they don't take measures to warn consumers, they run the risk of class action suits against them. Retailers have betrayed the consumers (pet owners) by continuing to sell plants containing high concentrations of cyanide.  We should be demanding consumer protection standards pertaining to Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta) Plants.