Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Just When You Thought Simon Brodie Was Gone...

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/worlds-hypoallergenic-cat-scientific-breakthrough-hype/story?id=19692501 Recently, ABC aired an episode of The Lookout featuring an investigation of Simon Brodie, who is back to selling faux hypoallergenic cats as Allerca cats, his "brand" of cats reputed to be hypoallergenic. It was heartening to see the scam outed on National Television.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Confiscated Ashera Cat Dies in Custody in NL


Dutch News announced on Monday November 16th that the Ashera cat (that had been previously proved via DNA to be an F1 Savannah cat) died in custody of unknown causes. There was not much more information offered, other than an accusation by the buyers of the Ashera cat that the death was not an accident and that authorities were somewhat getting rid of a problem. This doesn't seem based in any real fact, from all reports the facility used for the animals is very efficiently and humanely run.

Also not known is the fate of the other two cats that were confiscated at the same time, the siblings of this cat.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

A not-so-happy birthday to the Savannahs sold as Ashera cats

Chris Shirk posted that his Savannah kittens turned one year old yesterday (September 3rd). These kittens are are stuck in a legal custody dispute over in the Netherlands after being illegally imported into the country as Ashera cats (not disclosing their actual heritage).

It's horribly sad that these cats have been the ones to really suffer here. No lovely pet home for these guys, being held in a facility while the authorities decide what to do.

I hope there is a resolution soon, and that these cats can be placed in good homes at some stage not too far into the future!

Monday, June 30, 2008

DNA evidence proves that the Ashera is a Savannah cat

Finally, the news we were waiting for. We knew the result, we just wanted it officially confirmed. The three Ashera kittens confiscated at Schiphol Airport months ago are F1 Savannahs bred by Chris Shirk of Cutting Edge Savannahs. His post today to the Savannah cat community:

I have received official word today that it has been confirmed all three Savannah kittens confiscated in the Netherlands are from my cattery!!!
The court is still proceeding and the decision has not yet been made as to where the kittens will go. I have requested their return but it's up to the judge. However, their forensic labs have all confirmed they are from parent cats owned by me, Christopher Shirk of Cutting Edge Cats. They are Savannahs produced by my cats, not Ashera cats from Simon Brodie's scamming Life Style Pets business.
I guess Simon Brodie, if you're reading this, you'll do what you do best....disappear. ...But you will face the consequences of what you did to my kittens. CHRIS

Friday, April 18, 2008

Finally some news to report!

From the breeder of the Savannah currently labeled "Ashera cat" in the Netherlands:

US Fish and Wildlife met with me at my veterinarian's to extract blood from my Serval and egyptian mau. The blood samples went directly from my vet's hands into the hands of US Fish and Wildlife who packaged and sent express to Netherlands government. I was notified yesterday by Netherlands officials that the blood samples have arrived safely and their Forensic labs are busy at work. Patience is a virtue, as they said it may take up to two months for them to extract all the information they need from the DNA to resolve all the issues of this case.
I also received more photos of my kittens they have and they look well taken care of, clean and happy and in good weight.
I will keep you up to speed on this case as facts come in.
Cutting Edge Cats.

Let's hope that soon there is a definitive answer to this whole mess.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

US newspaper picks up the story

Penni Crabtree is a reporter that has followed Simon Brodie's business practices for some time, talking to Savannah breeders back in 2006 about the possibility that Ashera cats were in fact Savannahs being resold as a hyped new product. This story in today's paper is a wonderful recap of the situation so I thought it well-worth posting the link here.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

DNA Parentage Testing

It seems to me that the simplest and most foolproof way to determine if this cat is an Ashera cat as claimed, or an F1 Savannah as the breeder of the kitten is claiming, is to do a simple scientific test. I don't know if there is a laboratory in Europe that offers this, but here in the United States, the University of California Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, http://www.vgl.ucdavis.edu/services/cat.php , is available to send swabs to. A simple cheek swab of the kitten in question, and swabs of the Serval and Egyptian Mau parents, and a little time should prove it pretty nicely?

Of course, one would want the Dutch Authorities to be doing the swabbing of the kitten, not some representative of Lifestyle Pets...