READ MOREMore 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%). ■