SPCA New Zealand
Advice & welfare

Antimicrobial Use

Farmed Animals

SPCA supports the minimisation of disease risk through breeding farmed animals for natural immunity and keeping animals in high welfare conditions that promote their immunity.

SPCA supports the strategic goal that livestock production in New Zealand will be free from reliance on antibiotics for the maintenance of the health and welfare of animals by 2030, as stated by the New Zealand Veterinary Association. SPCA also supports efforts towards the global reduction of antibiotic dependency in production animal systems by the OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health), WHO (World Health Organisation), FAI (Food Animal Initiative) and United Nations.

SPCA supports the judicious use of antibiotics and global efforts to reduce antibiotic reliance.

Our organisation acknowledges that antibiotics can be critical to ensure animal health and supports responsible veterinary prescriptions (authorisation) and therapeutic use of antibiotics to treat diagnosed disease.

SPCA advocates that animal products for sale in New Zealand be produced to welfare standards that exceed New Zealand law and should be labelled accordingly. Our organisation opposes the importation of animal products which have been produced using practices that are illegal in New Zealand, including profligate antimicrobial use.

SPCA supports those who purchase animal products, to select the most ethical items produced from higher welfare systems. Consumers should be able to make informed choices about the animal production systems they support through their purchases. SPCA advocates for consistent and clear labelling on animal food products which must include compulsory standardised legal definitions of terms such as barn-raised, free range and organic.

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