The British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons (BAHVS) is celebrating the announcement that veterinary homeopathy research is in line to receive a large funding boost.
The European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee (AGRI) is to vote on making a draft budget of 2 million Euros (£1.7million) available in order to conduct and co-ordinate research on homeopathy and phytotherapys use on farm animals.
The committees final decision is expected later this year.
President of the BAHVS, Mark Elliott stated:
“we are delighted with the proposal to fund further research in to the use of homeopathic and herbal medicine for farm animals. We need to bring these medicines into veterinary treatment regimes in an informed way to take the strain off pharmaceuticals. Antibiotic resistance is an increasingly worrying problem that is not going to go away. Homeopathy as a veterinary medical intervention has proven successful many times over the years. It is safe and used worldwide by millions of human beings too.”
There remains no reliable reason to assume homeopathy works above and beyond a placebo effect – even in animals.
The supposed therapeutic effects of homeopathy in animals can be ascribed to the expectations of the humans treating or observing the animals this can lead to a “placebo effect by proxy”.
Some also think that a placebo effect in animals may be a product of conditioning.
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