November 29, 2019
Japan’s agriculture ministry seeks to allow pig culls as a preventive measure against African swine fever (ASF) if an outbreak happens. Culling of uninfected pigs is currently not permitted by law. The ministry will submit a bill to the Diet next year to revise the Act on Domestic Animal Infectious Diseases Control, according to ministry officials. The law only allows preventive killings in dealing with foot-and-mouth disease cases. A preemptive slaughter of uninfected pigs in farms near infected sites is seen as the only way to prevent an epidemic. Click here to view our ASF updates.