MEPs must reject limitation on use of animal medicines – IFA

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The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) urges Irish MPs to reject the motion tabled in the European Parliament today (Wednesday 15th September) which would restrict the use of veterinary medicines.

Animal Health Committee Chairman Pat Farrell said, “If the proposal is passed, it could be very detrimental to animal health.

“Farmers are responsible users of medicines used to treat animal bacterial diseases. Limiting them could endanger food security and food security. “

The motion is against the delegated law on the use of antibiotic resistance (AMR).

Use of antibiotics

Farrell said there are some cases when the use of critical antibiotics is imperative as there is no alternative.

“Without these drugs, the livelihoods of farmers are threatened because they cannot treat their animals,” he said.

The animal health committee chairman said the strict controls on the use of veterinary medicines should be sufficient protection without further undue restrictions.

The IFA said it contacted MPs before the vote, advising them that antibiotics are only allowed with a prescription and only after physical examination, good posture and proper diagnosis.

“We also reminded MPs that there is solid scientific support from a number of agencies, including public health experts. Our position has always been that lawmakers should be guided by science, ”Farrell said.

Restriction of veterinary drugs

Recently, nearly 8,000 animal health experts from across Europe warned MEPs that the proposed motion to over-ban antibiotics would threaten the health and welfare of farm animals and pets.

In the past week (7 the movement.

The application essentially goes beyond the new Veterinary Medicine Ordinance, which will come into force in January 2022, and aims at an excessive ban on antibiotics.

Such a move, if approved, could run counter to EU efforts to combat antibiotic resistance, according to experts.

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