You learn something new, every day!
This clip exposed me to something
I’d never heard of, before: the ongoing
release from airplanes of millions of
of alleged "anti-rabies vaccine packets,"
over the past several decades, for the
purported reason of curtailing this
disease among the native skunk
population of Texas.
The glibness and break-neck speed of
this presenter’s style is humorous, in
and of itself – but when he points out
that the primary area of the dispersal
of these packets follows the US-Texas
border to perfection, his slick humor
suddenly grows dark.
The official information released by the
Texas Department of State Health Services
about these anti-rabies-vaccinated packets
says that they are slathered with fish meal
crumbles", in order to render them utterly
irresistible to the stinky varmints, which are
the intended quarry of these vaccinated
Although the same report report, dated from
January 10, 2014 states that there were 417
laboratory-confirmed cases of rabies in Texas
the previous year, 113 of which were humans,
the presenter says there is no more follow-up
on these human cases. The report also cites
that one of the rabies victims was a dog,
previously vaccinated against rabies, with the
report later concluding that "These animal
rabies vaccinations may not prevent rabies."
Which would then lead one to ask, why have
these 2 million doses of anti-rabies packets,
been being released annually, over the past
several decades, to control 417 cases when
they "may not prevent rabies"?
Although other official sources stress that the
unopened packets are perfectly safe for humans
to handle, it discourages people from picking up
these fishy snacks, as doing so will make them
less irresistible to the varmints, for which they
We are then instructed, that if we happen
across an opened packet, with the pink-colored
vaccine oozing out, to enclose it in a plastic bag
and dispose of it, in our normal garbage, as the
bait is "no longer effective" – however, if this
pink liquid makes contact with our skin, to
immediately wash with soap and water and
then immediately call health authorities at
1-877-RABORAL, or what the presenter jokingly
refers to as "1-800-I’ve-Been-Infected!"
He then chirpily signs off with the warning,
"Beware of rabies vaccines falling from the sky –
because they are delicious."
(Video: 4 mins):