Conservation & Ethics
Snakes can be dangerous, but it is a fact that the vast majority of snakes, even the giant king cobra, aren't likely to attack unless provoked. Their first line of defense is to hiss, make a threatening display and, more often than not, flee when possible.  
 
Provocation might be by accident, such as disturbing a snake's home or resting place, and it might be by a young child left unattended by their parents, who decides the long, slithery animal looks like a new toy to play with. Provocation might be from a farm worker picking tea leaves at a plantation, and accidentally stepping on a viper’s tail.  
 
So why conserve snakes? Snakes can provide benefits to people. It has been estimated that up to 20-30% of human food crops would perish without our eco-friendly, slithery friends. They keep pests such as vermin and insects at bay. They naturally fertilize the land, their manure and shed skins puts a lot of energy and nutrients back into the earth’s topsoil. This feeds plants that grow to feed their prey, which feed them, thus continuing the cycle of life, and they are a very important part of this cycle.  
 
Their venom, as toxic as it can be, is an active area of interest to researchers as it may even be able to provide us with new ideas for treating cancer and chronic pain.  
 
Hunting a snake for fun, out of fear or for revenge can be harmful. When an individual tries to chase the snake away or take revenge by trying to kill it and show everybody how strong and manly he is for saving the lives of the people around him by killing this great beast, too often he will find out that it is not the large venomous snake that will die this day. The whole family mourns at their loss, they blame the snake and the snake will normally be hunted down until it and its kin are murdered for protecting themselves.  
 
This hero hunt usually happens while a snake is trying to escape from an area or while simply basking in the sun or inadvertently coming across a human settlement or camp/picnic site. Due to increasing deforestation, these encounters are only likely to continue increasing as the human world impedes into nature's domain.


Our antivenom could be used for wildlife parks and sanctuaries, helping conservationalists save the lives of protected animals if they are envenomated. This would normally be unfeasable to due the high veterinary cost.
Additionally, the antivenom could be used to treat family pets and other domesticated animals that have been envenomated, without having to worry about high costs.
Animal Testing 
Animals are used for in vivo studies in research labs around the world, however, some researchers have started to question how reliable results from animal tests are or, in some cases, if they are even necessary when developing a drug that is intended for human use. The FDA reported that 93.7% of results from animal tests could not be used to develop drugs. 
 
We will not be doing animal testing. This research shall involve the use of alternative methods which research labs and companies have begun to use as alternatives to animal testing. 
 
A Vegetarian Project 
This project will be vegetarian. The final product is anticipated to be suitable for vegans. To clarify what it means to be a vegetarian and how a research project can be vegetarian, please read the explanation below.  
 
Vegetarian Research  
Every year, a great number of animals are used for laboratory research, for in vivo studies, bioassays or culturing cells. No animal derived products will be used in this research. There are suitable alternatives to animal products for every aspect of research that we have planned to undertake. 
For this project, we believe that using animals for in vivo tests is unnecessary and that there are suitable alternatives to animal derived products that are used in the lab, so rather than unnecessarily waste the lives of animals, all of the research conducted shall be vegetarian friendly. 
 
Religion 
Our research will also comply with strict moral codes, so our project will be acceptable to people of various religions and personal belief systems.

Humanitarianism 

Our project is a humanitarian effort. Not only does it have the potential to stop the 125,000-200,000 deaths every year due to snakebite, but also increase the quality of life of an additional 400,000 people every year who suffer from limb loss due to snakebite, the majority of whom live in poverty, making only $2 a day. This not only perpetuates the cycle of poverty due to the severe injuries it inflicts, loss of life and loss of family income but also burdens the family with medical bills that, without assistance, may lead to a lifelong debt. By helping to relieve the effects that snakebite has on these rural communities, we can help to end the cycle of poverty.