Block on Horseshoe Crab Harvest Challenged by Pharmaceutical Lab

May 13, 2021, 3:36 PM

A judge’s order blocking a horseshoe crab harvest in a South Carolina refuge should be put on hold pending an appeal, a pharmaceutical company that uses the crab’s blood for medical testing told a federal court in the state.

Horseshoe crabs provide Limulus amebocyte lysate, also known as LAL, that is used to tell whether drugs or vaccines are contaminated, according to Charles River Laboratories International Inc.

Company contractors were expected to start harvesting the crabs at the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in late April or early May. However, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina ...

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