15 September 2015

A "mixture of excrement, noxious gas and a decomposing donkey"

That's one description of Skunk:
Imagine being soaked, head to toe, in a frothy mix of pureed compost, gangrenous human flesh, and road kill, and you might get some idea of what it’s like to be sprayed with Skunk, according to those who’ve had the misfortune of being doused.

Police departments in the United States have reportedly begun purchasing the spray, a non-lethal riot-control weapon concocted by an Israeli firm for use against demonstrators in the occupied West Bank. The sticky fluid, which Palestinians say smells like a “mixture of excrement, noxious gas and a decomposing donkey,” is usually fired from armored vehicles equipped using high-pressure water cannons.

Mistral Security, a firm based in Bethesda, Maryland, markets Skunk to U.S. police and military as a crowd-control tool capable of “rapidly and effectively” dispersing unruly crowds. Recommended applications include “border crossings, correctional facilities, demonstrations and sit-ins.”

Mistral Security offers a number of delivery systems for Skunk, according to the company’s website, including 60 ounce canisters with a range of 40 feet; a “skid sprayer” equipped with a 50 gallon tank and a 5 hp motor that can shoot over 60 feet at up to 7 gallons per minute; and a 40mm grenade that can fired by a 12-gauge shotgun.


  1. I've had lots of experience with skunks. I wouldn't like to be mega-sprayed with essence of skunk at all.

    1. Understood. Just remember to do what you're told, and not participate in any, you know, "civil disobedience" (sit-ins, protests, demonstrations and such).

  2. Charming stuff. Somewhere, Bull Connor is smiling.

  3. I can't think of a better use of this concoction than spraying the ISIS and perhaps some of their home-grown sympathizers.

  4. I feel sorry for officers or first responders who have to arrest or rescue anyone sprayed.

    A moronic statement in the linked original article.
    “A lot of people have been calling it a chemical product, and the actually good thing about Skunk is that it is 100 percent organic—there's no chemicals in there,”

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  6. Policing seems to be headed in a strange direction.
    George Orwell would be proud.

  7. "40mm grenade that can fired by a 12-gauge shotgun"

    I don't think so.


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