The EU finally clamps down on the excessive use of antibiotics in farming – Molly Scott Cato MEP

The EU finally clamps down on the excessive use of antibiotics in farming – Molly Scott Cato MEP


For many years, Greens have been fighting
against the factory farming model, which is dependent on pumping animals full of antibiotics
just to keep disease at bay and just so that they can continue to keep animals in poor
and really squalid conditions. The systematic use of antibiotics in animal
farming is also one of the main causes of antimicrobial resistance in humans. This is a growing threat, which is killing
25,000 people in the EU each year. So I am really delighted to let you know that
the EU has agreed on two vital pieces of legislation; one on veterinary medicinal products and another
one on medicated feed. Between them, they significantly tighten the
rules on the use of antibiotics in farming. This means that no farmer will be able to
give their animals antibiotics as a preventative measure if there is no sign of disease. Also in future, antibiotics will only be able
to be given to a group of animals when they have been examined by a qualified vet and
show clear signs of disease. And we’ve put some of the most important last-resort
antibiotics on a special list, so they can’t be used for farm animals. This will change the face of factory farming
in Europe and will mean that higher welfare standards and better husbandry practices will
take priority over cutting costs. We should be careful though, because if the
UK leaves the EU, a US-UK trade deal could jeopardise these important gains. We have already heard commerce secretary Wilbur
Ross identify this control of antibiotics as a “key hindrance” to transatlantic
trade. We must commit to protecting our citizens
from hormone-filled and antibiotic-filled meat coming across the Atlantic. And we must make sure there is no backsliding
on these important regulations by the British government. But first of all, let’s celebrate this important
victory for animal welfare and human health.

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