Header

UZH-Logo

Maintenance Infos

Alternatives to carbon dioxide—taking responsibility for humanely ending the life of animals


Axiak Flammer, Shannon; Eskes, Chantra; Kohler, Ingrid; Pernet, Awilo Ochieng; Jakob, Peter; Marahrens, Michael; Gent, Thomas C; Golledge, Huw; Weary, Dan (2019). Alternatives to carbon dioxide—taking responsibility for humanely ending the life of animals. Animals, 9(8):482.

Abstract

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is commonly used to kill rodents. However, a large body of research has now established that CO2 is aversive to them. A multidisciplinary symposium organized by the Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office discussed the drawbacks and alternatives to CO2 in euthanasia protocols for laboratory animals. Dialogue was facilitated by brainstorming sessions in small groups and a “World Café”. A conclusion from this process was that alternatives to CO2 were urgently required, including a program of research and extension to meet the needs for humane killing of these animals. The next step will involve gathering a group of international experts to formulate, draft, and publish a research strategy on alternatives to CO2.

Abstract

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is commonly used to kill rodents. However, a large body of research has now established that CO2 is aversive to them. A multidisciplinary symposium organized by the Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office discussed the drawbacks and alternatives to CO2 in euthanasia protocols for laboratory animals. Dialogue was facilitated by brainstorming sessions in small groups and a “World Café”. A conclusion from this process was that alternatives to CO2 were urgently required, including a program of research and extension to meet the needs for humane killing of these animals. The next step will involve gathering a group of international experts to formulate, draft, and publish a research strategy on alternatives to CO2.

Statistics

Citations

Dimensions.ai Metrics
3 citations in Web of Science®
3 citations in Scopus®
Google Scholar™

Altmetrics

Downloads

13 downloads since deposited on 25 Jul 2019
9 downloads since 12 months
Detailed statistics

Additional indexing

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Clinical Diagnostics and Services
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Life Sciences > Animal Science and Zoology
Health Sciences > General Veterinary
Language:English
Date:24 July 2019
Deposited On:25 Jul 2019 07:43
Last Modified:26 Aug 2020 07:32
Publisher:MDPI Publishing
ISSN:2076-2615
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.3390/ani9080482

Download

Gold Open Access

Download PDF  'Alternatives to carbon dioxide—taking responsibility for humanely ending the life of animals'.
Preview
Content: Published Version
Language: English
Filetype: PDF
Size: 272kB
View at publisher
Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)