It is considered the most dangerous island in Germany: Riems has been researching animal diseases that can also threaten humans for more than 100 years. The Friedrich Loeffler Institute (FLI) high-security laboratory is located on the island, which lies in a foothill of the Baltic Sea, the Greifswalder Bodden, between Rügen and the mainland.
Researchers only enter high-security areas with overpressure suits
An employee of the Friedrich Löffler Institute checks the keeping of a calf in the research center of security level L4 on the island of Riems.
Nowhere in Europe are there similar laboratories and stables with the highest biosecurity level 4, in which large animals can be used to research pathogens that are highly dangerous for animals and humans.
The “Schweriner Volks Zeitung” (Local Newspaper) writes that comparable animal disease research facilities can only be found in Winnipeg in Canada and Geelong in Australia.
The scientists on Riems are investigating Crimean-Congo fever, Ebola, Sars, bird flu, and swine fever, for example.
“The work of the FLI focuses on the health and well-being of farm animals and the protection of humans from zoonoses. H. infections that can be transmitted between animals and humans, ” says the website of the Federal Institute.
For example, vaccines are also developed in laboratories (!!!)
In 2013, a new research complex was inaugurated on the island, which is connected to the mainland by a dam, which consists of 89 laboratories and 163 housing units.
At that time, the federal government invested around 300 million euros in the construction of the buildings.
The laboratories and research stables for cattle, pigs, or goats are equipped with self-sufficient ventilation and disposal systems. The specially trained researchers and zookeepers can only access the high-security areas with pressurized suits and locks.
The area is monitored by video
Particularly important: pathogens must never leave the island. The employees are therefore subject to strict hygiene regulations and have to “shower out” in a complex procedure, as the Schweriner Volkszeitung states.
The Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut has its own carcass disposal plant: carcasses are sunk in metal cauldrons with potassium hydroxide, of which only a few grains of hazardous waste is left.
Large parts of the island are not open to the public
Many media reports say that the island is closed to the public. However, this is not entirely true, as a spokeswoman for the Friedrich Löffler Institute explains on request.
Riems is open to visitors, after all, some people also lived on the island.
Today, only the area around the Friedrich Löffler Institute, which however makes up a large part of the island, is a restricted area guarded around the clock.
The fact that the myth of the inaccessible island is spreading may also be due to the fact that the island was not accessible to visitors during the GDR (German Democratic Republic) era, the spokeswoman said. The island’s past history may also have contributed to the formation of legends.
During the Nazi regime, possible biological weapons were supposed to have been examined in the former “Reich Research Center” on Riems.
Guided tours of the research site in Riems
As early as 1910, the eponym Friedrich Löffler Institute founded the virological research institute. Löffler described the causative agent of foot-and-mouth disease for the first time and is thus considered a co-founder of virology.
After his experiments initially took place in Greifswald and subsequently farm animals in the region became infected with foot and mouth disease, he moved with his institute to the island of Riems in 1910.
Today, guided tours of the grounds of the Friedrich Löffler Institute are available to visitors on request. Interested parties can contact the institute here. (rer / dpa)
My comment and Information: To research animal diseases, cruel and unrealistic experiments are carried out in this institute.
For example, experimenters from the Free University of Berlin and the Friedrich Löffler Institute are testing a vaccine against bluetongue, which can occur in sheep and other ruminants, on genetically modified mice.
The mice are vaccinated and then infected with the bluetongue virus.
Most animals suffer from massive weight loss and die within a few days.
In the FLI, cats are infected with avian influenza viruses, and vaccines are tested to protect humans against the potential transmission of avian influenza viruses, even though such transmission of the H5N1 virus from cats to humans has not been documented to date.
“17 cats were tortured to death for a practically non-existent danger, but for potentially big business in the pharmaceutical industry with a completely unnecessary vaccine,” complains the biologist Silke Bitz, spokeswoman for the Association of Doctors Against Animal Experiments.
Regarding the current Corona epidemic, the institute claims… “we have Nile fruit bats that could give us information about the interaction of the virus with the actual host animal species. Ferrets are interesting for us because their respiratory tract has a cell structure similar to that of humans.
For a few weeks now we have been carrying out coronavirus infection studies in pigs, chickens, fruit bats, and ferrets”.
Animal testing in the field of animal disease research is a lucrative business for the pharmaceutical industry, as vaccines and medicines for epidemics can be used to generate billions of euros in profits.
Victims are defenseless animals that have to suffer twice for the interests of the unscrupulous pharmaceutical industry, on the one hand in the laboratory, and on the other hand in animal cruelty to animal husbandry, which is often the cause of disease outbreaks.
This laboratory is generously supported by the federal government.
My best regards to all, Venus