Thursday, April 24, 2008

Short History on Pepper Spray

The use of pepper as a weapon goes all the way back to ancient China. The Chinese would put red chili pepper on rice paper as a weapon and swing it to the face of their opponents. The Japanese ninja were also known to use ground pepper against their enemies. During the Tukagawa Empire in Japan, the police would use a box called; metsubishi, which was filled with pepper and blown into a prisoner's eyes as a way of torture. Tear gas was invented in Germany in the 1800's and it is included in some Mace brand pepper sprays today.


The US introduced pepper spray through the US Postal Service in the 1980's as a dog repellent. Our government also used it for protection against bears and other animals. The FBI endorsed it as an "official chemical agent" in 1987 and by 1991, there were over 3,000 law enforcement agencies that utilized it.

As you can tell, even though pepper spray is a simple product, it really does a great job in deterring violent individuals or animals!
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