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Antimicrobial resistance
Concern as CMO calls for slaughter, not treatment, of sick animals

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THE BVA has called for clarification of reported remarks by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dame Sally Davies, calling for sick animals to be slaughtered rather than treated as part of the strategy to reduce antibiotic resistance in people.

The Daily Mail reported on March 24, that, during a speech to the Cambridge Science Festival, the CMO called for a reduction in the use of antibiotics in farm animals, and said that she had urged veterinary surgeons to slaughter badly infected animals. According to the report, Dame Sally commented: …

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