A different tack for treating sick animals

01'19" 17/02/2016
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MEPs tackle the overuse of veterinary antibiotics.
How to remedy disease in livestock? Treat the one or treat the herd? On average, it’s the latter. But is it right to give healthy animals antibiotics? Overuse of commonly used antibiotics on animals that end up in the food chain can render them useless as bacteria becomes resistant, creating a major public health crisis.
If there's a sick animal, we will isolate it and try to use good breeding practices to avoid a contamination but especially to avoid using antibiotics on the entire herd.

Françoise Grossetête
Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)
We have 25,000 deaths in Europe that are due to antimicrobial resistance. This is unacceptable. The WHO warns of a time without antibiotics. The warning signs are quite remarkable.
Martin Häusling
Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
The veterinary pharmaceutical industry makes some 4.6 billion sales in the EU. But it’s been over 30 years since a new type of antibiotic was developed. On Wednesday, Environment Committee voted in favour of new legislation that would push for greater research and development via incentives. The sale of veterinary antibiotics online will also be prevented.

The new regulation could come into effect by the end of 2018 or early 2019.