(26 Oct 2012)
Valence, France, October 11, 2012
1. Various of Puff Adder crawling and striking on floor of storage room in venom production laboratory
2. Various tracking shots of member of staff going through security doors to get to snake storage area (serpentarium)
3. Close of man's feet stepping onto and off disinfectant pads
4. Close of man entering storage unit
5. Wide reverse view of man coming into storage unit
6. Close tilt down of trays with labels giving details of the snakes held within
7. Mid of man opening tray
8. Close of snake in tray
9. Wide of snake being checked by staff and tray being closed
10. SOUNDBITE: (English), Harold de Pomyers, CEO, Latoxan
"The species we are housing here coming from all over the world, and anti-venom manufacturers are trying to develop regional anti-venom products, and we need to cover these many different species."
11. Wide pan from road to the gates of Latoxan laboratories
12. Close of Latoxan company sign
13. Close of warning sign reading: "Do not park, access for fire brigade "
14. Mid of Indian Cobra on the floor of the storage area being lifted
15. Close of Indian Cobra in drawer which is being shut
16. SOUNDBITE: (English), Harold de Pomyers, CEO, Latoxan
"The quantities we are getting from milking are very small and accordingly the prices may seem very expensive. Prices of venoms, of snake venoms, range from about 500 Euros ($650 USD), to 4000 Euros, ($5,200 USD) per gram (0.03 ounces) and the price of the scorpions range from between 10,000 Euros ($13,000 USD) per gram (0.03 ounces) and 30,000 Euros ($39,000 USD)."
17. Wide zoom in of Latoxan laboratory workers picking up Puff Adder for venom collection
18. Close of lab worker holding head of snake
19. Various of venom being extracted into glass
20. Close of snake's fangs
21. Close of another snake being milked for it's venom
22. Various close of laboratory worker examining venom in glass
23. Wide of laboratory worker taking out tray of scorpions stored in jars
24. Close of scorpion being removed from jar
25. Various of scientist preparing scorpion for venom extraction
26. Close of scorpion venom being extracted
Paris, France, September 27, 2012
27. SOUNDBITE: (English), Professor Max Goyffon, biochemist & immunologist, Mus�um National d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris,
" Venom potential is huge. We have calculated than in snake venom, or precisely in scorpion venom, we can find few hundred unknown different toxins. We only know one or two per cent of them. There is about 2000 different species of scorpions, if you multiply these 2000 species by hundreds toxins, you will get million of substances to analysed and to study. This is a huge potential.
Valence, France, October 11, 2012
28. Various of laboratory worker pouring venom into storage jar
29. Close of jar being sealed and put in cupboard
The number of companies producing venom for antidotes has shrunk so drastically, that demand is pushing up its value.
The venom is used as to combat lethal snake and insect bites, but now doctors believe it may hold the key to understanding and treating other illnesses.
This Puff Adder is inside Latoxan, France's biggest producer of venom. It's also one of the deadliest snakes in the world.
Its bite releases a slow acting cytotoxic venom.
It causes severe tissue damage, and if it remains untreated it can spread, causing gangrene and secondary infections which can result in loss of fingers and limbs.
It can cause circulatory collapse and renal failure, which can result in death.
This Puff Adder is just one of hundreds of snakes from seventy different species that are kept at this high security laboratory in Valence in south eastern France.
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I can see why you charge so much for your venom what with all the expense you go to in order to make the snakes comfortable. Wouldn't be able to tell the difference between their natural environment and where you are keeping them.🖕
Those folks do a very important service and there's no damn way I could do it. I won't touch a frickin' grass snake heh, heh. I've gotta wonder, though, why do these handlers we see never wear protective gear of any kind; not bite proof gloves, not glasses or shields, I'm very curious about that. ...................................PEACE!!
Pretty cool that they live in climate controlled environments, dont have to hunt for food or risk starvation. All they have to do is give up a little Snake Juice. Oh and they dont have to worry about a Bald Eagle snatching them up or a coyote biting their heads off. Jeez people. Quit crying about them living "rough" in climate controlled tupperware. I promise they dont mind.
Snakes (such as the lachesis muta seen in this video) are very sensitive to stressful environments and don't live long when they are in captivity. Every single animal will always feel better and thrive in its natural environment (or at least in a better set up). Streching, moving is also important for their wellbeing. This is outright exploitation just for a profit.
“Keeping them in small spaces is animal cruelty” No you retards, snakes PREFER small/dark spaces because it makes them feel secure!! These snakes are also very well taken care of and venom extraction doesn’t harm them at all. The only thing the may happen is a bit of irritation or annoyance. Snakes are smart, and they realize that biting a cup doesn’t harm them, so they do it for as much as they can to eventually get over it. DO YOUR HOMEWORK!
What sort of life are these poor animals even living? Do you even care about the environment that they are living in? Like seriously I know they are venomous but even venomous animals don’t deserve to be living in that sort of condition. Also I hate how they were trying to squeeze out as much venom as they could get from one snake. Treat the animals better if all they are going to be used for is venom extraction. Common sense. There are other people out there who give these kinds of snakes a good home and a good life. You people just don’t care.
They don't "squeeze" the venom out. The milking process is entirely voluntary and an instinctual reaction. They may seem to be aggressively holding the snake, but the holding is more firm than anything. The process in no way harms or endangers the snake. The snakes don't live in those crates either. Those are temporary holdings for the snakes that are about to be milked. Not to mention snakes enjoy dark warmed enclosed spaces. The venom will help produce millions of dollars worth of anti venom that will save hundreds of thousands of lives
Andy Gullion, I guess some people don't see the value of a human life only the lives of every other species on the planet. Some of them were goin' on about the amount of money that's made per gram. I would like to know how much yield there is from each snake on average. Then consider the facility that has to be paid for, lights kept on and all of that, now think about how much those handlers should earn for the incredibly dangerous job they do every day and last but not least, how about some profit for the guy who answers for every liability involved. Or is it wrong for a business owner, vital service provider and risk taker to earn a little bit? OK...rant over...I'll let myself out. .................................PEACE!!
Should be subsidized by government to keep the cost down. Insects like scorpion populations can breed in large numbers. How do these places crumbs up business? If they are milking venomous animals & insects for profit yet claim to be Lifesavers who knows what they are capable. Some are well intended others profit driven.
For people who talk about animal who can kill us
Fuck you and your point off view
These animals are beautiful and they don't think like you
They will kill you and your children
Animal cruelty is nature off animals
They will kill you
It is not cruelty to try to prevent
They are animals and i wish your family member or child get bit for no good reason by snake or other dangerous animal
I want you to see how much animal cruelty you will talk about
It saddens me so much to see in what conditions these magnificent snakes are being kept. Surely as the biggest venom producer in the world that earns between €10.000 - €30.000 per grams of venom you can afford proper tanks so why keep them in plastic boxes 24/7? Oh right, because it's all about earning big cash on extracting venom and not wanting to lose on providing the snakes with proper enclosures. Tbh I see no difference between letting snakes live out their lives in tiny plastic boxes and holding chickens in tiny cages for mass egg production not to mention the stress these snakes are under making them link humans to venom milking only :(
Lol comparing snakes with chickens, totally different animals. Right now at this moment I keep decent sized snakes (2) in a big enclosure and all they do is laying in the corner or their hiding spot...snakes are made for saving energy, waiting in small spaces till prey will walk by.
Jim Dingemanse they didn't have water. Can they get ANY light on these people bins? If not how sad they get pulled out 2 times a week. Once for milking and once for feeding and their blinded when bin is open.. 😞
nothing. The venom has to enter the blood stream directly for it to work. If a person drinking venom has a cut in the mouth or a bleeding ulcer in digestive tract only then the venom would work (at least that is the theory).
Snakes enjoy warm, dark enclosed spaces. And the snakes don't live in those drawers (who tf keeps venomous snakes in an open drawer) they're only there to be held in preparation for being milked. They don't live in those drawers.
I have several hundred scorpions, some of them black and most of them are yellow, but I do not know how or to whom I sell, so I do not want to start collecting useless poison
If you know any information about who buys poison, can you tell me
Perhaps a good idea would be to ask the hospitals who supplies them with anti-venom, and then ask them who to ask or how to supply those producers with the raw product.
Or ask the Zoology or medical dept at a university.
I googled "anti-venom supplies" and found plenty of stuff.
If I, God forbid, ever get bitten by a venomous snake...get me the antivenom...PRONTO! I don't care how you get it or make it, just get it to me right f*cking NOW! And if you still value these snakes' lives over mine, it just goes to show what kind of a lefty, loony @$$hole you really are!!!
Yes, stress is true... however in nature more or less everything means stress to anything else. We can say nature plays animal cruelty, too - or we can say there are interest vectors and force vectors in nature and the resultant vector is harsh -- and we have our own interests and forces as well.
Dude i said the same as you! Damn!! Im in on that business! Hell, i live in Snake Gator and Spider country! Louisiana Swamps are full of deadly biters! We got insects that would scare most folks to death! Thats enough money to start draining all the poison they can make! Milk there ass like a dairy cow!
theres a good reason for that price.. you cannot milk the snakes every day + the expenses of the equipment and feeding the snakes leaves u with much lower actual gain. And ofc theres a everyday possibility of snake biting you and you dying.
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