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·         HSUS Attacks Antibiotic Use in Animals, HumaneWatch Has a Response

… “HSUS and other vegan activists mistakenly advocate for a national ban on the preventive use of antibiotics for animals,” HumaneWatch said…

 

·         Antibiotic future uncertain for livestock industry

All indications suggest that more government oversight in regard to antibiotic use in all livestock will continue.

 

 

HSUS Attacks Antibiotic Use in Animals, HumaneWatch Has a Response

 

By JoAnn Alumbaugh, Editor, PORK Network

February 13, 2017

 

HumaneWatch, a project of the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom, announced that is has released a video that “pushes back” on misinformation related to the use of antibiotics on farms, the group stated in a news release. According to HumaneWatch, the video dissects an interview with Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), who attempts to blame modern farming practices for creating antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

 

View the video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD1Bfr0TrcE&t

 

“HSUS and other vegan activists mistakenly advocate for a national ban on the preventive use of antibiotics for animals,” HumaneWatch said.

 

This policy is not in line with sound animal handling and welfare practices, and could lead to more animals getting sick and potentially spreading disease.

 

It’s as logical as banning the flu shot...

 

more, including links

http://www.porknetwork.com/news/industry/hsus-attacks-antibiotic-use-animals-humanewatch-has-response

 

 

Antibiotic future uncertain for livestock industry

All indications suggest that more government oversight in regard to antibiotic use in all livestock will continue.

 

Dave Sjeklocha, BEEF Magazine

Feb 13, 2017

 

Sjeklocha, DVM, is operations manager of animal health and welfare for Cattle Empire LLC of Satanta, Kan.

 

As I write this, we are just a few short days into the veterinary feed directive (VFD) coming into effect. Discussions between veterinarians have been hot with VFD questions. There seems to be a high level of angst among veterinarians and producers as we initiate the VFD, and there are still quite a few questions that remain unanswered.

 

This will be a year of adjustments and education for veterinarians, producers and the FDA. The desired effects of the VFD would be that producers and veterinarians will work more closely together to make better-informed decisions on animal health, reduce antibiotic use and ease consumers’ concerns. I’m going to throw a fairly wide loop and try to tie these things together.

 

All indications suggest that more government oversight in regard to antibiotic use in all livestock will continue. The latest FDA report on antibiotic sales shows that

the trend continues to go up, not down. What does that indicate? The issue is incredibly complex.

 

However, tracking antibiotic sales is certainly not a metric for determining whether antibiotic resistance is increasing or decreasing.

 

For instance, say we have a severe drought, like the one a few years back when our nation’s cow herd dropped to 1952 levels. Would that decrease in population result in decreased antibiotic use? Or would the nutritional stress those animals are under result in a compromised immune system, leading to even more antibiotics used? Again, the complexity of the situation is huge. I’m not sure we are set up to draw any conclusions, good or bad.

 

To be clear, I am very supportive of reducing antibiotic use. My concern resides in the fact that the goal doesn’t seem to be defined. If antibiotic sales continue to climb, we will see even more restrictions on their use. But to what benefit? We must be able to relate it to concepts such as food safety, animal welfare and antibiotic resistance.

 

We have to wonder what comes next. We can be reasonably certain that current over-the-counter injectable antibiotics will soon become prescription-only. I believe there is also reason to be concerned about the future of antibiotics labeled for metaphylaxis. When properly used, metaphylaxis is an excellent tool.

 

However, most of the cattle that truly need a metaphylactic antibiotic have one thing in common: They have been mismanaged at some point...

 

more

http://www.beefmagazine.com/antibiotics/antibiotic-future-uncertain-livestock-industry