4th FSVO/UFAW Symposium – Humanely Ending the Life of Animals

6-7 March 2024 | Bern, Switzerland

The Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) and UFAW symposium returns in 2024 to build on scientific and practical knowledge in the following areas

  1. More humane solutions for mass depopulation of surplus animals (eg day old male chicks) or emergency killing (eg highly contagious diseases, zoonotic diseases, or other emergency purposes); 

  2. Humane stunning and killing for aquatic species (including wild-caught fish, crustaceans, cephalopods, experimental animals (eg zebra fish), emergency killing); 

  3. Approaches for more humane killing or alternatives to killing for control of ‘pest’ species (eg selective baits, immunocontraception, alternatives to glue traps, and anticoagulants as rodenticides); 

  4. Open session (this session can include submissions on any novel developments in humane killing not covered by the other sessions). 

Each topic will be introduced by an expert in the field who will provide a general overview of current practice in the area, including common welfare issues. Submitted talks will then follow.

Call for abstracts
FSVO/UFAW invite innovative, solution driven presentations to help further our understanding of these key areas.

We are keen to receive abstracts on work from all industry sectors (eg livestock, laboratory, research, commercial).  

Presentations can take one the following formats:

  •  Long talk (approximately 15-20 minutes)

  •  Short talk (approximately 5 minutes)

  •  Poster

Abstracts should be written in English and be no more than 400 words. When completing the submission form, you will also be asked for the title, preferred format (long talk, short talk, or poster), the name and contact details of all contributors.

Abstracts will be assessed by the organising committee on their scientific, innovative, and animal welfare impact.

Abstract submission deadline is 23 October 2023.