2009 Animal Matters Series Lectures

Impact of Animal Use of Antibiotics on the Mounting Antibiotic Resistance Problem
Stuart Levy, MD
Professor of Medicine, Molecular Biology, and Microbiology, Tufts Medical School
As Congress debates imposition of new restrictions on use of antibiotics in animal feed, we welcome Dr. Stuart Levy, Director, Center for Adaptation Genetics and Drug Resistance at Tufts School of Medicine, and President of the international organization, Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics. Well known for his contributions to the antibiotic resistance field, his 1992 book, The Antibiotic Paradox: How Miracle Drugs Are Destroying the Miracle, presents conflicting consequences of antibiotic use--curing disease and selecting resistant bacteria. His presentation will elaborate on and update the themes of his book, in which he stresses increased awareness of the problems of antibiotic misuse and resistance, and outlines an approach towards improving antibiotic usage and efficacy worldwide.
Effects of the Bear Bile Industry on Human and Animal Health
Jill Robinson
Founder and Executive Director, Animals Asia Foundation
In 1993, Jill Robinson MBE, began the first investigations into the practice of bear farming for bile in China. Her discovery of the industry's shocking husbandry practices and its international reach changed both the course of her life and the course of animal welfare advocacy in Asia. Jill has since formed the Animals Asia Foundation, opened sanctuaries in China and Vietnam, rescued 280 highly endangered moon bears from bile farms, and brought attention to the devastating effects of bile extraction and consumption on both human and animal health.
Relocation and Transport of Unwanted Pets to New England
Leigh Grady
Executive Director, Animal Shelter, Inc.
Ms. Grady's Massachusetts shelter engages in local and distance education and advocacy, and ensures that all animals that leave the shelter are healthy, spayed or neutered, and fully vaccinated. The shelter has an established importation program where pets are brought from out of state into MA for adoption, a controversial practice. The importation issue is further clouded by the internet commerce in purpose bred and homeless dogs.
The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project: How Innovative Programs and Government Policies Can Shape How We Raise and Harvest Livestock
Jennifer Hashley
Project Director, Tufts New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project works to cultivate and sustain the next generation of farmers in Massachusetts.  New Entry provides land access to new farmers and trains them to grow and sell a variety of crops and livestock.  As part of a new training initiative, New Entry has been integral in creating access to a Mobile Poultry Processing Unit (MPPU) and defining a regulatory process for small-scale producers to process birds on their farms. Ms. Hashley will describe the efforts of New Entry to engage policymakers and farmers in raising and processing livestock to meet growing demand for local, sustainable, and humanely-raised meat.