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OIE highlights the importance of animal production for humanity

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RECENT controversies over the effect that the relationships between people and animals have on the planet, and the publication of ‘numerous contradictory data’, should not lead to underestimation of the positive aspects of animal production for humanity worldwide.

So said Bernard Vallat, the outgoing director general of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), who addressed members of the Commission for Agriculture and Rural Development at the European Parliament on December 1. Dr Vallat, who will be leaving his post at the end of December after 15 years in the role, said that, whether it was the effect of animal production on climate change or the carcinogenic potential of meat products, ‘we must approach these extremely complex …

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