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Just over third aware of EU ban on use of antibiotics on farm animals

Animals antibiotics
European Commission poll   Respondents in Estonia not aware of antibiotics ban

Respondents in the European Commission poll were asked whether they agree that sick animals have the right to be treated with antibiotics if this is the most appropriate treatment.


More than half of Europeans (56%) agree, including around a fifth (19%) who totally agree. Around a third (34%) disagree, including 16% who totally disagree, while 10% do not give an opinion.

Respondents in the UK and Finland (both 75%) are the most likely to agree that sick animals have the right to be treated with antibiotics if this is the most appropriate treatment, followed by respondents in Portugal (74%), Ireland and Malta (both 70%).

The proportions that "totally agree" are highest in the UK (35%), Malta (35%), Finland (34%) and Ireland (34%). By contrast, more than half of respondents disagree with the statement in Slovenia (54%) and Luxembourg (52%).

Respondents were asked whether they were aware that the use of antibiotics to stimulate growth in farm animals is banned in the EU.

Just over a third of Europeans (37%) say that they were aware of the EU ban, while the majority either say that they were not aware (60%) or are unsure (3%).

The Netherlands is the only country where a majority of respondents (60%) say they were aware of the ban on the use of antibiotics within the EU to stimulate growth in farm animals. The next highest proportions are found in Finland (48%), Luxembourg (47%) and the Czech Republic (46%).

Respondents in Estonia are the least likely to be aware of the ban (20%), with relatively low proportions also seen in Hungary (22%), Spain (26%), Greece (27%), the UK, Portugal and Malta (all 28%).

 

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