Cat designer declares war

The less-than-reputable entrepreneur at the helm of a company peddling hypo-allergenic cats is under scrutiny again -- this time for fraudulent "designer cats." But now he's taking the offensive by making allegations against journalists who have covered his company. In January of last year, The Scientist staff writer Kerry Grens investigated a company called Allerca that claimed to have created the world's first hypoallergenic cat. Grens uncovered a string of shady dealings and questionable

Andrea Gawrylewski
Feb 4, 2008
The less-than-reputable entrepreneur at the helm of a company peddling hypo-allergenic cats is under scrutiny again -- this time for fraudulent "designer cats." But now he's taking the offensive by making allegations against journalists who have covered his company. In January of last year, The Scientist staff writer Kerry Grens investigated a company called Allerca that claimed to have created the world's first hypoallergenic cat. Grens uncovered a string of shady dealings and questionable science associated with the company, including the fact that its founder, Simon Brodie, had served two and a half years in jail for fraud. Read Grens' full story linkurl:here;http://www.the-scientist.com/2007/1/1/32/1/ and a follow-up story linkurl:here.;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54020/ Last month, San Diego Union-Tribune staff writer Penni Crabtree was investigating the Dutch seizure of three exotic cats that had been sold for about $40,000 by a U.S. company claiming to make designer cats. That company, known as LifeStyle Pets, happens to...
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