Coalition in voicing opposition to animal antibiotics ban

by Editor
Monday, July 20, 2009

AMI, as a member of the Coalition for Animal Health, is voicing its opposition to H.R. 1549, "Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2009," which was the subject of a hearing in the Rules Committee.

The bill seeks to amend and redefine "Critical Antimicrobial Animal Drugs" and "Nontherapeutic Use" as they pertain to animal health. This bill also rescinds the approval of a list of seven "critical antimicrobial animal drugs" unless the sponsor demonstrates there is a reasonable certainty of no harm to human health from the development of antimicrobial resistance from "nontherapeutic" use of the drug.

The coalition is urging Congress to reject this bill that will jeopardise the industry's ability to protect animal health, animal welfare and the food supply because there is little scientific basis for its rationale.

The coalition notes that several public and private programs have been adopted and together they form layers of protection to ensure we can use antibiotics to keep animals healthy without harming public health.