The anti-vaxxer crowd first came out swinging with claims that vaccines were causing Autism in children, often citing a refuted study that has been debunked time and time again. Not to be outdone, some anti-vaxxers boldly claim that vaccinations are causing Autism in dogs.
This ludicrous claim has been rumbling for a number of years, but the British morning "news" show Good Morning Britain (co-hosted by the illustrious Piers Morgan) stirred the pot as Morgan tends to do when it posted the following tweet this past April:
I'm not sure what kind of response Good Morning Britain was aiming to get here, but man, the tweet really did blow up its face.
It didn't take long for people - both professionals and random Twitter users - to bring on the shame. And did they bring the shame.
First, the British Veterinary Association called out Good Morning Britain's half-brained and reckless assumption:
If one of the leading veterinary organizations calling you out wasn't bad enough, Good Morning Britain was also attacked by the National Autistic Society, who not only shamed the news program but also said they would be in contact in regards to the tweet:
Once the professionals were done giving their two cents to Good Morning Britain, Twitter went crazy and the news program was met with hundreds, if not thousands, of tweets from the general public pleading to be more sincere in the future regarding vaccines, autism, and audacious claims.
Though not everyone is convinced, and some came out to defend not vaccinating their pets.
So, what are your thoughts on this manner? Was Good Morning Britain irresponsible for talking to those who don't vaccinate their pets? Let us know in the comments!
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