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Russia: Pigs burned alive to stop ASF

Rosselhoznadzor specialists for the Voronezh and Volgograd region believe that burning pigs alive is the preventive measure to stop the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF), common practice in Russia.

A major argument erupted in Russia following the publication of a series of horrifying photos and videos showing the suffering of the animals. The international organisation Compassion in World Farming called Russian authorities to stop the torture of pigs.
“Compassion is seeking urgent action from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in response to horrifying footage that surfaced in Russia where pigs are being burned alive,” said the message.

“In response to the horrific images, which show almost unimaginable animal suffering, Compassion has asked the OIE to contact the Russian authorities immediately to establish the facts and put an immediate stop to any inhumane treatment.”

“It is believed the purpose of these actions is disease control, following a reported outbreak of African Swine Fever in backyard pigs in the Rostov, Voronezh and Volgograd regions.

What is certain is that, whatever the reason, burning pigs alive is in clear breach of the OIE standards on the Killing of Animals for Disease Control Purposes,” adds the message.

One comment

  • H.A.E. van Poppel

    An important measure to prevent ASF in Russia would be not to import breeding pigs from certain breeding farms in Cyprus, which are considered as scrupulous snake-oil vendors only. In fact these exporters should be banned from doing business !

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