Industry experts to debate antibiotic report

Following on from the recent Jim O’Neill report, which called for a global initiative to decrease the number of antibiotics used in livestock, leading veterinarians and stakeholders are coming together to discuss the welfare considerations, ethics and economic pressures of livestock production for the meat industry. 

The debate will take place at the annual Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) Discussion Forum at One Great George Street in London, on Monday 6 June 2016.

“This is an exceptional conference that examines some of the most critically important issues for animal welfare,” said Sean Wensley, president of the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

“BVA’s members have identified promoting animal welfare as the profession’s top priority, so I would encourage all vets to attend, hear from the experts and be part of these vital discussions.”

The session, ‘Welfare, production and economics – how many shades of grey?’ will be chaired by AWF trustee David Chennells who will be joined by Mark White, pig veterinary consultant, Professor David Main of Bristol University, and Sainsbury’s head of agriculture Sue Lockhart.

The panel will debate how all areas of the production chain can come together in reducing factors that may result in compromising animal welfare in intensive farming, including antibiotic usage.

“AWF is very proud of the positive and practical impact it has made on the health and welfare of large and small animals and we invite all those interested in improving animal welfare to be a part of the debate this year,” said Tiffany Hemming, chair of trustees for AWF.

“I believe the education and debate is the starting point for change, and this year we have a particularly impressive group of speakers hailing from veterinary practice, animal welfare organisations, universities, government and industry.”

This year, the discussion forum will be holding sessions on non-traditional/exotic companion animals, as well as debating the effectiveness of the Animal Welfare Acts 10 years on.

The sessions will be followed by a reception at the House of Commons for delegates to have the chance to discuss issues further.

Tickets for the AWF Discussion Forum are available at

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