Senior medics call on government to immediately ban the routine use of antibiotics in UK farming

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E.coli resistant to multiple key antibiotics found in UK supermarket pig and poultry meat

Supermarket superbugs

"Every inappropriate use of antibiotics in animals potentially signs a death warrant for a future patient" - Sir Liam Donaldson, UK Chief Medical Officer 2010

Antibiotic overuse & human health

"The routine and regular pumping of antibiotics into animals is deeply dangerous" - Lord Stern

Farm antibiotics: the issue

"The medical community must call for EU-wide measures to save antibiotics for use in unhealthy humans, not healthy animals" - Royal College of Physicians

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About the Campaign

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The Alliance to Save our Antibiotics is a coalition of health, medical, farming, environmental and civil society organisations from across the EU. The Alliance was founded by Sustain, Compassion in World Farming and the Soil Association.

The Alliance is calling for a ban to the routine preventative use of antibiotics in groups of healthy animals in the UK and the EU, and for dramatic reductions to farm use of the ‘Critically Important’ antibiotics.

Crucially, we are campaigning for the adoption of farming practices that prioritise animal health and welfare, reducing the need for antibiotics in the first place.

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The Issue

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The systematic overuse of antibiotics in human and animal medicine is undermining their ability to cure life-threatening infections. Experts now predict that, globally, 10 million people a year could die from antibiotic resistant infections by 2050.

Despite this, huge amounts of important antibiotics continue to be used in farming, often given to groups of animals routinely and preventatively.

The overuse of antibiotics in farming to compensate for low-welfare, cramped conditions is encouraging the development of resistant bacteria, which can then spread to people. We are calling for urgent action to save our antibiotics for use in unhealthy humans, not healthy animals.

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There are already concerns that antibiotic resistant E.coli from farm animals are contributing to the 5000 deaths a year in England alone from resistant bloodstream infections.

Animals account for about 45% of antibiotic use in the UK.

Farm use of critically important antibiotics is rising while medical use is reducing.