Using CO2 to kill food and laboratory animals is standard practice worldwide. How stressful this method is for the animals has not been fully clarified. In a study initiated by the FSVO, researchers are investigating this question and seeking alternative methods that are kinder and more welfare-compliant.
Current research shows that the hygiene level of pigs plays a significant role in the course of the disease caused by the ASF virus. These very relevant results will help to drive the development of a vaccine.