The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is spending nearly half a million dollars in taxpayer funds to test a chemosterilant rat bait for the Metropolitan Transit Authority.
As part of this pilot project, Dr. Loretta Mayer and her company Senestech received $462,836 from the NIH to test the product ContraPest® on the NYC subway system’s brown rat population. The bait contains 4-vinylcyclohexene diepoxide (VCD), commonly used in tires, polyesters and plastics. According to blogger Anastasia Bodnar, “VCD basically degrades ovaries, similar to how the ovaries degrade during menopause.”
Although mainstream media outlets like The New York Times reported on this story back in March, the NIH funding was curiously not mentioned.
In the NIH project information description, check out the first aim listed for Mayer’s research:
“Aim 1 is focused on establishing the safety parameters of our technology, including exclusion of non-target species and impact on the environment.“
Scientists have used rats in laboratory testing since the 18th century as homologous animal models for medical and psychological testing because rats will display the same disease symptoms and causes and would be able to receive the same treatment options as humans who have the same ailments.
In that light, aim one of this research is more than a bit alarming, considering that the “exclusion of non-target species and impact on the environment” have heavy ramifications when it comes to chemical sterilants being released in an urban setting.
Should the government be funding research in a heavily trafficked place like the NYC subway on chemical sterilants where the researchers haven’t ‘established safety parameters’ to include ‘exclusion’ of animals that aren’t rats (like humans?) and full consideration of the impact this sterilant might have on the environment?
As blogger Bodnar asks:
“What if the tablets dissolve and release VCD into the water that is then used by locals for drinking and cooking? What if children or adults are not properly educated about the bait stations and then eat the bait?”
According to The New York Times, Mayer says the product does not pose a danger to humans and if a pregnant woman ate the chemical sterilant bait, she would simply ‘get fat’ because of the ingredients. Pregnant women are typically advised to worry about everything they put in their mouths for potentially harmful effects on their unborn babies. Seems pretty hard to believe the only negative side effect for a pregnant woman ingesting a chemical used in tires, polyesters and plastics — and which basically disintegrates ovaries — is gaining a few pounds.
That doesn’t sound super dangerous at all.
At the same time, the substance sterilizes female rats and causes pregnant female rats’ female pups to be born sterile as well. And The New York Times quoting of Mayer quoting Einstein at the end of their article does not give much comfort to anyone on this point:
“‘In the words of Albert Einstein,’ Dr. Mayer said, ‘if we knew what we were doing, they wouldn’t call it research.'”
Senestech touts a similar product dubbed ChemSpay®, another permanent sterilant meant to replace surgical spaying and neutering for people’s pet dogs and cats. The product’s page claims:
“The same endocrine protein and steroid hormones and follicle populations as well as follicular maturation and atresia are conserved across mammalian species. And in cats and dogs follicular maturation and elimination via atresia and apoptosis occurs by the same stages as observed in rodents.”
So again, the same hormones and proteins are “conserved across mammalian species” and the same stages of follicular maturation and elimination are observed in rodents as in cats and dogs? So these chemicals work to permanently sterilize all these mammals, but somehow when it comes to humans, there’s nothing at all to worry about?
In light of the vast amount of contraceptive vaccine research that has been going on all over the world for decades coinciding with the millions of dollars being thrown at the imaginary ‘population problem’ by various billionaires and their philanthropic organizations, finding out the U.S. government is currently funding the open testing of permanent oral sterilants in the New York Subway is further confirmation that population control is alive and well and rats aren’t the only guinea pigs, so to speak.