A coalition of 20 organizations, including the National Pork Producers Council, has sent a letter to the White House stressing the importance of antibiotics in livestock and poultry, according to Meatingplace.com. A bill that would limit the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals is currently under consideration in Congress.
"Farmers and ranchers strive daily to provide best possible management of their animals through superior genetics, nutrition, veterinary care, housing and handling," the coalition writes. "Optimal animal health and welfare leads to production of safe, affordable and abundant food, critical to U.S. food security."
The coalition also holds that arguments against the use of antibiotics in livestock and poultry, including that such use contributes to human resistance, are not supported by any conclusive scientific evidence.
"President Obama's repeated pledge to base his Administration's regulatory decisions on 'the best available science' and 'the rule of law' gives us confidence the Administration will not embrace an ill-advised, politically motivated call to curb on-farm uses of antibiotics," the letter says.
Other groups signing the letter include the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the American Meat Institute, the Animal Health Institute and the National Cattleman’s Beef Association.