Animal production should be isolated
The production and processing of animal proteins should take place in
complete isolation from the rest of society. This is the only way to
prevent infectious animal diseases being transferred to humans. FAO
official Jan Slingenbergh presented his arguments for this viewpoint at a
recent seminar on zoonoses organised by IAC.
The emphasis on animal welfare and ‘natural’ production has gone too far,
according to Slingenbergh. Researchers and policy makers should be far more
aware of the dangers to humans of intensive livestock production in close
proximity to urban settlements. A veterinarian by training, Slingenbergh
travels over the whole world for his work and has observed the increase in
infectious animal diseases, which he says is a trend that is likely to
continue. “Pressure is building up everywhere. In Asia, China and the Horn
of Africa livestock production is on the increase.