Agriculture leaders urged to be more proactive on animal ag issues
By Sara Wyant
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Those were some of the key messages delivered during the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 9th Annual Stakeholders Summit: “Truth, Lies and Videotape: Is Activism Jeopardizing Our Food Security?”
One of the greatest challenges facing agriculture is getting good information out to the people who need it, said Congressman David Scott (D-GA). He acknowledged that “there is no better incentive than to keep your animals well. It’s your business.”
Scott noted that several of his colleagues don’t understand how animals are raised in modern production systems. He described a bill introduced by Rep. Louise Slaughter that would ban the use of subtherapeutic antibiotics, as “very dangerous.”
“Why would be want to take away such a valuable tool?” he asked about her bill, the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2009, HR. 1549.
Randy Singer, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the
When you take away the option of using low-doses of antibiotics over the long term, the other option for treatment is a short-term, high dose. “That model scares me,” Singer says.
people believe that, when you cut antibiotic use in hog production as they did
Author Wesley Smith also encouraged participants to do a better job of explaining animal husbandry and connect the benefits of animal production to feeding hungry people.
“Animal rights is not about animal welfare,” he emphasized. “They [activist groups] think you are evil, don’t want to look at any of the benefits of producing healthy animals.”
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