Italy kills over 30,000 pigs after African swine fever outbreak

Animal News : Italy kills over 30,000 pigs after African swine fever outbreak

Italy killed almost 34,000 pigs at 12 farms in the northern region of Lombardy to prevent the spread of African swine fever (ASF), a spokesperson for the region said on Wednesday.

Most pigs in Italy are bred in Lombardy. Governments are not focused on animal welfare but on financial losses when there’s an ASF outbreak in their country. “Our objective is to extinguish this outbreak .. so that the problem does not become a danger for the supply chain of the entire Italian sector,” the regional government spokesperson said.

ASF is a highly contagious viral disease that affects farm and wild pigs. When it’s detected at farms, all animals are usually killed, which lead to the death of hundreds of millions of pigs at farms worldwide in recent years.

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