vegan news anti-speciest news animal rights news
vegan news anti-speciest news animal rights news

Speciesism

October 24, 2020 - Physicians Committe for Responsible Medicine

Congressional Briefing: Vaccine Safety Testing Should Not Rely on a Limited Resource

Congressional Briefing: Vaccine Safety Testing Should Not Rely on a Limited Resource
Horshoe Crab at the beach© Photabulous!

WASHINGTON—Conventional vaccine safety testing relies on the blood of the horseshoe crab, a species on which entire ecosystems depend. Threatened or endangered in many of its habitats, horseshoe crab populations have only recently stabilized after declining due to fishing activity.

Many bird, fish, and turtle populations that rely on the horseshoe crabs’ presence are declining or threatened. With André Carson (D-Ind.) serving as honorary Congressional co-host, the Horseshoe Crab Recovery Coalition held a Congressional briefing today to bring awareness to this issue and to urge Congress to take action.

A certain material found in horseshoe crab blood cells can detect fever-causing contamination in vaccines and other injected medicines. A synthetic alternative to the crab-sourced material is available, but regulatory policies make it more burdensome to use. The European Pharmacopoeia has incorporated changes to reduce demand for horseshoe crabs, but the U.S. Pharmacopoeia (USP) has delayed making a similar change

Continue Reading at:

Physicians Committe for Responsible Medicine


Speciesism — Feature Articles

Most Read - Last 30 Days

  1. THAILAND: Dozens of elephants risk being sold to Chinese circuses when Covid restrictions end
  2. Australian farm to hold 50,000 crocodiles for luxury Hermès goods questioned by animal welfare groups
  3. Joaquin Phoenix joins Toronto Pig Save activists outside Burlington pig processing plant
  4. NEW ZEALAND: Protesters to picket world's largest livestock ship in Timaru
  5. 'HIDDEN' Reveals 'The War on Animals'
  6. Canada's first case of rare H1N2 swine flu variant confirmed in central Alberta
  7. Veganuary movement to welcome 1 millionth participant
  8. Pangolin patrol: Volunteer team rescues endangered animals
  9. 200 years ago, people discovered Antarctica – and promptly began profiting by slaughtering some of its animals to near extinction
  10. 'Some of the darkest places in the world': Joaquin Phoenix on a photobook about slaughterhouses

Some photos and photo services
generously donated by Photabulous

Photabulous

Fabulous Photos

PARIS · TORONTO · AMSTERDAM


veganauthority