A lesson in how to manipulate the news cycle, rivalling even the fabulous Coffey sisters.
A shark advocacy group has claimed that the production of a COVID-19 vaccine will result in the death of 500,000 sharks.
Wild number, yeah?
Oceans red with the blood of slaughtered sharks; immense grottoes filled with their discarded corpses etc.
Shark Allies, a not-for-profit group “dedicated to the protection and conservation of sharks and rays”, has gotten the required headlines across most news sites over its alarmist numbers.
How they got it is a lesson in how to manipulate the news cycle.
See, if the vaccine contains squalene, a fatty molecule that maintains moisture in the skin, and which is found in all plants and animals although shark livers are bloated with the miracle juice, and every single human on the planet gets a piece, a quarter-of-a-mill sharks might get iced.
If humans need two doses and every single human on the planet gets a second hit, half-a-mill sharks.
A lot of ifs.
In May, GlaxoSmithKlinem announced that they intended to produce one billion doses of their “pandemic vaccine adjuvant” in 2021, enough for every American to get three hits.
Shark Allies says 21,000 shark will be killed for the required squalene.
For comparison, four billion fish and nine billion chickens are killed every year in the US.
Sign the petition, “Stop Using Sharks in COVID-19 Vaccine – Use EXISTING Sustainable Options” here.