American Veterinary Medical Association: Stop Supporting Over-Drugging of Livestock
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Recently, research has linked abuse of antibiotics in US livestock to resistant infections in humans. Hogworkers have a higher incidence of these infections, lending further credence to the link between "superbugs" and our overdrugged feedlot animals. Feedlot life is filthy and inhumane and animals who aren't sick are given antibiotics to promote growth and to keep them from becoming sick. The American Veterinary Medical Association spoke against legislation that would only allow livestock to be treated with antibiotics if it were ill. The AVMA should be speaking out in the best interest of the animals and in the interest of public health. Overmedicating feed animals is a bad idea for humans and livestock.
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