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OIE: Antibiotics for livestock vital to feed world

The world body in charge of fighting animal diseases called for action against widespread abuse of antibiotics in livestock farming, which leads to drug-resistant bacteria, but warned that a ban would leave the world short of protein, Reuters reports.

"The use of antibiotics is today essential to ensure sufficient animal production to feed the planet. Without antibiotics there would be supply problems of animal protein for the human population," Bernard Vallat, director of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) told a news conference.
The debate over the impact of the use of antibiotics in animal husbandry has intensified in recent weeks with several countries, including the United States and Germany, taking or considering new measures to control it.
Vallat called for better training of veterinarians worldwide and for a fight against the illegal trade in antibiotics, which is widespread in poor countries and on the internet, to avoid misuse of antibiotics in rearing livestock.
"If you take the 100 poorest countries that take no precaution on this matter, we can see antibiotics passed around just like candies, without prescription," he said, noting that this was true for both human and animal antibiotics.
Livestock industry groups argue that using antibiotics in animals keeps them healthy and does not have a direct link to development of resistant strains of bacteria affecting humans.
The European Union banned the feeding of all antibiotics to livestock for growth promotion
purposes as of 2006, a rare move which Vallat advocated at the global level, including in the United States.
The market represents only a thin share of the entire antibiotics market and Vallat regretted many companies had stopped making major investments in the sector.
The OIE, an intergovernmental body founded in 1924 as the Office International des Epizooties, and which now has 178 members, will organize a conference in Paris on the prudent use and monitoring of antimicrobial products in March 2013.

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    marjolein soederhuizen

    The animals referred to as pigs in this article are meat carriers, not pigs, pigs live in a wide meadow and mud, they roll around in that and run around too, they maybe have a roof as a sleeping place, but that's already not real piggisch, for they used to live entirely in the wild once, pig farms are doomed to make ill animals and more viruses will come around as u cannot pile up animals as cottonbales, nor can u fatten pigs without damaging the quality of the meat, the more u eat that kind of meat the more generation will suffer from bone-illnesses and skin problems, amongst the bacterial and virus problems i think the real problem is, ppl should not eat meat every day and same as chicken is getting worse and fish, don't make the future generation ill and weak..... it's far more dangerous than u even imagine, also the hospitals cannot cure u with penicillin and that kind of antibiotics as ur body is full of it, through eating meat of pigs and chickens.

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