Biological Weapon Law and Legal Definition

Biological weapon are biological organisms used for acts of bioterrorism. Biological organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, or any other compound produced by such organisms (toxin) can be used to kill or injure/destruct people/animal/crops. These organisms reproduce or replicate within their host victims, thus causing harm to them. Biological attacks can result in destruction of crops, diseases among people, animals, and plants, or the death of animals or human beings.

Biological weapons are weapons that project, disperse, or disseminate biological agents. They are sometimes referred to as bio weapons. There are two treaties in force that place restrictions on biological weapons. The 1925 Geneva Protocol prohibits the use of chemical and biological weapons in warfare. And, the 1972 Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention restricts nations from developing, producing, stockpiling, or acquiring biological agents, weapons, and equipment outside of peaceful purposes.