Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove & Portslade, has backed an Early Day Motion (EDM) that calls on the Government to promote a more responsible use of antibiotics in intensive farming.
EDM 247 (Use of Antibiotics in Intensive Farming) urges the Government to work towards reducing the use of antibiotics by farmers and veterinary surgeons, due to the public health threat that antibiotic resistance and the rise of superbugs brings.
The motion praises the Government for its work on decreasing the over-prescription of antibiotics by doctors, whilst also calling on the Government to take further steps towards eradicating the prophylactic use of antibiotics in farming. Moreover, the EDM calls for more stringent controls on the use of antibiotics in livestock that are essential in human medicine.
Commenting, Mike said: “The overreliance on antibiotics leads to antibiotic resistance, which could cause severe health threats in the future and exacerbate the rise of superbugs. I believe that it is extremely important to tackle this overuse of antibiotics in intensive farming so that we prevent such problems from occurring in the future.”