Online Symposium – Humanely Ending the Life of Animals

                                         3rd-4th November 2020


The Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO), UFAW (the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare) and HSA (the Humane Slaughter Association) are pleased to announce that the 3rd symposium on Humanely Ending the Life of Animals will be held as a virtual meeting on November 3rd and 4th.

This symposium continues a growing initiative to identify, refine and implement alternative methods to CO2 for humanely ending the life of mice, rats, poultry and pigs to improve animal welfare in the laboratory, the slaughterhouse and during emergency depopulation. Following a successful first symposium in 2018, the 2nd symposium in 2019 assembled an international panel of experts, delivering keynote lectures on the current state of the research field and compiling a comprehensive roadmap of research priorities for alternatives to CO2. This year, we are delighted to announce the return of many of these experts. The symposium will comprise keynote lectures including an introduction to the basic sciences underlying killing and stunning, and for the first time, presentations selected from submitted abstracts. This will provide an ideal platform to hear from a diverse range of researchers.

This Symposium is recommended by the Swiss Association of Cantonal Veterinarians as continuing education for animal experimentation personnel working in Switzerland (0.5 days per Symposium day).

Day One - 3rd November 2020

Session 1 - 11:00 - 12:35

Session 2 - 14:00 - 16:00 

Talks on day one include:
• CO2-stunning of pigs. An example of behaviour during induction and overview of gas concentration and other key parameters during routine slaughter of pigs in modern low stress group stunning devices
• A novel stunning method of pigs with high expansion nitrogen foam: An initial study
• Asking chickens about feelings under exposure to CO2 and alternatives to CO2. Novel animal model using broiler breeders
• On-farm euthanasia of commercial meat rabbits. Evaluation of physical methods compared to gradual and fast-fill carbon dioxide gas exposure
• Low atmospheric pressure stunning in pigs: Insights from analgesic and anxiolytic interventions

 Register for Day One Session 1       Register for Day One Session 2

Day Two - 4th November 2020

Session 1 - 10:30 - 12:30

Session 2 - 13:30 - 15:15

Session 3 - 15:30 - 17:00

Talks on day 2 will include

• CO2 exposure as translational cross-species experimental model for panic
• Nitrogen gas as an alternative euthanasia agent for laboratory rodents
• Variation in rat CO2 sensitivity
• The use of an automated captive bolt for euthanasia of laboratory rats
• Understanding rat emotional responses to CO2
• Attitudes of European and Canadian laboratory animal professionals and researchers towards carbon dioxide euthanasia for rodents and perceptions of barriers for implementation of refinements.

Register for Day Two Session 1     Register for Day Two Session 2     Register for Day Two Session 3


Please click the links to register for the meeting. To register you will need to provide your name, email address and institutional affiliation (if relevant). Information you share during registration for this meeting will be shared with FSVO, UFAW, and the HSA (and also with our Webinar software provider – GoToWebinar).

The symposium is free to attend. If you have any questions please contact ufaw@ufaw.org.uk.