Operation Vegetarian

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Operation Vegetarian was a British military plan in 1942 to disseminate linseed cakes infected with anthrax spores onto the fields of Germany. These cakes would have been eaten by the cattle, which would then be consumed by the civilian population, causing the deaths of millions of German citizens. Furthermore, it would have wiped out the majority of Germany's cattle, creating a massive food shortage for the rest of the population that remained uninfected.[1]

The cakes themselves were tested on Gruinard Island, just off the coast of Scotland. Because of the widespread contamination from the anthrax, the land remained a no-go area until 1990. The five million cakes made to be disseminated in Germany were eventually destroyed in an incinerator shortly after World War II ended in 1945.[2]

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  1. ^ Arthur, Charles (1999-08-27). "Porton Down's secret human guinea pigs". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  2. ^ Toner, Ed (2001-10-22). "Anthrax: An Old Scare". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-09-17.