There has been a notorious increase in the consumption of animal meat in recent years. Moreover, in the previous year, Spain exported almost 5 million tons of animal products (meat, milk, hides, feed, …) and these numbers are expected to continue growing gradually. A lack of control in terms of quality and condition of the animals can have serious consequences for public health and for the economy.
Thereby, very clear and common guidelines regarding the trade in live animals are established. These, set in 2016 by the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council, seek to increase sanitary control and to prevent the entry of new diseases from distant countries.
The law also remembers the dangers associated with antibiotics and establishes an action plan to evaluate its use. This means, the possible situations when the use of the antibiotics is justify. The consumption of products derived from animals with drug resistance can cause humans to also generate it, which would be a serious health problem.