Welcome to our Autumn newsletter
Covid-19 may be calling a halt to our events and conferences, but it’s certainly doing nothing to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance in industrial farming. The cramped conditions livestock experience on factory farms are in stark contrast to our own more socially distanced lives. At Alliance HQ we have strong hopes that this new public understanding of the spread of infectious diseases, and the consequences of close contact, will promote a new level of understanding of, and concern for, how the vast majority of livestock is farmed.
Coming up, on the 13 October you have the opportunity to hear Coilin Nunan, Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics Scientific Advisor, discussing priorities for the National Food Strategy with an expert panel on a webinar co-hosted by the Soil Association and the Faculty of Public Health.
With Antibiotics Awareness week on the horizon (18-22 November) we are gearing up for our busiest part of the year. For the first time we will be assessing the publicly available antibiotic policies of the top 20 fast casual dining restaurant chains in the UK. The assessment of these major high street brands is already underway and will be released in a report to be published later this year. Our annual supermarket assessment will follow, as will the Alliance’s first ever assessment of the antibiotic standards of the major service sector catering companies operating in the UK. Keep your eyes peeled on our website for more details.
Lastly, I’d like to personally welcome our newest Alliance member: World Animal Protection. World Animal Protection has campaigned to protect animals for the last 50 years, and works to give animals a better life. Its activities include working with companies to ensure high standards of welfare for the animals in their care, working with governments and other stakeholders to prevent wild animals being cruelly traded, trapped or killed, and saving the lives of animals and the livelihoods of the people who depend on them in disaster situations.
Campaign Manager, Alliance to Save our Antibiotics