Surrey-based charity Humanimal Trust this week became the latest member of the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics. The charity joins 64 other members working to raise the challenges presented by human and animal antibiotic resistance, particularly by calling for a ban on the routine preventative use of antibiotics in healthy farm animals in the UK.
Founded in 2014 by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, Humanimal Trust drives collaboration between vets, doctors and researchers so that all humans and animals benefit from sustainable and equal medical progress, but not at the expense of an animal’s life. This is a concept known as One Medicine. By joining the Alliance, the Trust hopes to raise both public and policy-makers’ awareness of One Medicine and of the growing health risks of antibiotic resistance to both humans and animals.
Professor Roberto La Ragione, Chair of Trustees at Humanimal Trust, commented:
“We are delighted to be collaborating with other organisations through the Alliance to influence policy change around the routine use of antibiotics in animals. Antibiotic resistance is a serious threat that affects humans and animals alike and as a One Medicine charity we have a responsibility to play our part in addressing it. Given the significance of the challenges faced, a collaborative approach to combat growing antibiotic resistance across species is common sense.”