Tyson: Stop feeding pigs dangerous drugs

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Tyson is feeding its pigs a drug that is illegal in the European Union, China, Russia, and many other countries.

There just isn’t enough evidence proving that pork fed with the drug, ractopamine, is safe to eat.

On top of this, there have been many reports of pigs suffering when they get too much of the drug.

Ractopamine is a drug that is used to add muscle weight to animals in the weeks before slaughter. Animals gain weight while eating less, saving the farmer money. But animal welfare and human health and safety are more important than saving a buck.

While Tyson raises meat without using the drug for other countries, here at home in the U.S. they are still using it.

According to an FDA report, it has resulted in more sickened and dead pigs than any other livestock drug. The drug mimics stress in pigs, and makes the heart beat faster. It essentially acts like adrenaline. Can you imagine constantly living with an intense dose of adrenaline?

Many pigs also became “downer pigs” - meaning they were no longer able to walk - after taking this drug.

This isn’t right. Demand Tyson stop using ractopamine - a dangerous drug to both pigs and humans alike.


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