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DURING SPEECH AT KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, LEADER FROM WORLDWIDE ANIMAL HEALTH ORGANIZATION SAYS ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELFARE IMPORTANT TO FIGHTING POVERTY

 

by Erinn Barcomb-Peterson

 

Improving the health and welfare of animals will go a long way toward improving the health and welfare of the world's poor, according to a leader in a worldwide animal health group.

Paul-Pierre Pastoret is head of the publications department for the World Organization for Animal Health, also known as OIE, which has headquarters in Paris. He spoke Nov. 14 at Kansas State University as part of the Emerging Infections Symposium: A Tribute to the One Medicine, One Health Concept.

The Emerging Infections Symposium commemorated the opening of Juergen Richt's laboratory at K-State. Richt, the Regents Distinguished Professor of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, is an internationally known veterinary microbiologist. He also is part of the prestigious scientific advisory board for the Scientific and Technical Review of the World Organization for Animal Health.

The symposium brought nearly 150 researchers from around the world to K-State, which is among the finalists for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, a federal center for animal health.

During Pastoret's presentation, he said changes in the world's population, including rising wealth in developing nations, are increasing the demand for animal proteins like meat, eggs and milk. Demand for other products like honey, leather, wool and even manure are increasing, too, Pastoret said. Livestock also are an important source of income for rural and poor people around the world, he said.

In that way, Pastoret said, veterinary medicine will become more and more important.