With another year coming to an end and the pandemic still dragging on, we can only reiterate our call for a united international One Health response to protecting our collective health in the future. Focusing on public health or the environment, or animal health and welfare in isolation is simply not sufficient.
We welcome the recently adopted One Health High Level Expert Panel definition: One Health is an integrated, unifying approach that aims to sustainably balance and optimize the health of people, animals and ecosystems. It recognizes the health of humans, domestic and wild animals, plants, and the wider environment (including ecosystems) are closely linked and inter-dependent.
We now hope to see a greater understanding of the link between humans, animals and the environment, that can be put into action to address the full spectrum of disease control - from disease prevention to detection, preparedness, response, and management - and to improve and promote health and sustainability.
ESVAC Report shows increased responsible antibiotic use
With more than a decade of data collection from countries across Europe, the ESVAC report for 2019-20 registered a 43.2% decline (since 2011) in sales of veterinary antimicrobials with a noticeable decrease in sales identified for some of the highest-selling countries.
Calls for Farm to Fork impact assessment
Following publication of several studies assessing impacts of the targets set in the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies, agri-food chain partners highlighted several blind spots and called for a comprehensive assessment to understand where problems are likely to arise, and to discuss potential solutions.
Roundtable with EVP Timmermans
In December European Livestock Voice partners visited a beef and dairy farm in the Wallonia region of Belgium with Commission Executive Vice-President Timmermans followed by a roundtable discussion with the livestock value chain on the EU Green Deal objectives.
New EU rules on veterinary medicines
Alongside supporting innovation and improving availability of veterinary medicines across Europe, the new rules coming into force on 28 January 2022 aim to strengthen the animal sector’s capacity to address antibiotic resistance.