The Chilling Image Behind Every Vaccine You’ve Ever Had

by | Feb 1, 2016 | Environment, Health | 1 comment

The animals are strapped in while their blood is extracted for 24 to 72 hours. Bottles fill up with their blood, a stunning shade of blue, which will be used to test vaccines for harmful bacteria.

At just about 300 million years old, horseshoe crabs are about 200 million years older than the dinosaurs. This almost mythical animal has survived mass extinction events that wiped out zillions of other creatures. The females can lay 90,000 eggs, which feed countless species of shorebirds and bolster whole ecosystems. Only 10 of those eggs survive.

And, if you live in the U.S., the brilliantly blue blood of these animals has been used to test every vaccine you’ve ever had.

Half a million horseshoe crabs are caught and bled each year in laboratories linked to pharmaceutical companies. The animals are strapped in while their blood is extracted for 24 to 72 hours. Bottles fill up with their blood, a stunning shade of blue, which will be used to test vaccines for harmful bacteria.

Then, they are released back into the ocean. And according to the drug companies, the process is much like a human giving blood — yet between 10 percent and 30 percent actually perish from the process.

Even so, some might wonder, what’s the problem, aside from the fact that the whole process sounds like the plot for a sci-fi film?

“The only problem is that the companies need a large supply of the blood of live crabs,” a 2014 article in The Atlantic noted. “Horseshoe crabs live on the seafloor, near the shore. When they want to mate, they swim into very shallow water, and horseshoe crab collectors wade along, snatching the crabs out of their habitat.”

The article also notes that there have been observations of female horseshoe crabs becoming less likely to produce offspring after being bled.

And that could be causing populations to dwindle. According to the IUCN Red List, the horseshoe crab is already classified as a near-threatened species. And there’s been an observed decline in the population of birds that feast on the eggs of the horseshoe crabs.

Why isn’t there an alternative? As with any question that pits animals used for biomedical safety against human survival, the issues become more and more complicated. But the short answer is that a variety of alternatives are in development.

The danger is, however, that as soon as horseshoe crabs become less valuable to powerful companies, it’s possible that people will care even less about their dwindling numbers, making overfishing and habitat destruction once again a threat to their survival.

Source: The Chilling Image Behind Every Vaccine You’ve Ever Had



Ceribalius is a pseudonym used by one of our writers, he/she is a digtial nomad and dedicated fighter of freedom and liberty. If there is something that needs saying which no one else is, he/she is the one to do it.
Notify of

1 Comment
Most Voted
Newest Oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
yak vee

How come when situations are as dire as extinction doesn’t some one with all the money brought back in to the companies , set up breeding stations. Just too look for some kind of result out of a negative situation

UK To Add Fluoride To Drinking Water – What You Need To Know

Millions of people are set to have fluoride added to their drinking water after Britain's chief medical officers found that it would help...

Pandemic of Propaganda – The Unvaccinated Are NOT Filling Up The Hospitals

"The Unvaccinated are filling up hospitals" and "It's a Pandemic of the Unvaccinated" are comments I'm seeing and hearing every day right now,...

Concern Over Menstrual Changes Following COVID-19 Vaccination

Changes to periods and unexpected vaginal bleeding after having a Covid vaccine should be investigated to reassure women, says a leading...

Winter’s Approaching – Are You Scared Yet?

Here in the northern hemisphere the days are beginning to shorten, the mornings are starting to show the first signs that winter is creeping up...

UK Vaccine Passports Abandoned? Not Likely, Flip-Flop Imminent

In recent days, we have been hearing reports that the UK Government will scrap 'Vaccine Passports'. From BBC News just yestrday: Plans to...

UK To Go Ahead With Vaccinating 12-15 Year Old’s Despite Scientific Concern

As predicted, the UK Government has given the go ahead to vaccinate all healthy 12-15 year olds. Chris Whitty today endorsed plans to vaccinate...

UK Government Preparing For The Largest Flu Vaccine Campaign Ever This Winter

As part of the UK Governments 'blueprint' for dealing with the pandemic this upcoming winter season, it is being hinted that we may see the...

Teenage Boys More At Risk From Vaccines Than Covid

Well, after covering this for the past few months, finally it seems the corporate media has jumped on board and covered this serious concern....

Biden Demands US Businesses Introduce Vaccine Mandates

The Biden administration will demand that US companies force employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19 or submit to weekly testing as part of...

Shell Oil Considers Vaccine Mandate For Employees

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is considering mandating the COVID-19 Vaccine for all employees, and firing all those that fail to comply according...

Stay Connected - Subscribe Today

Thank you for subscribing!

Pin It on Pinterest