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FDA Wants Farmers to Kick Drug Habit

Written by PETA | June 29, 2010
Photo by Sage Ross, CC by-sa 3.0

Citing research showing that feeding antibiotics to animals on factory farms in order to promote growth “is not in the interest of protecting or promoting public health,” the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that farmers stop routinely mixing antibiotics into animal feed.

Unfortunately, just because the FDA—along with about a gazillion (give or take a zillion) other health experts who are alarmed by the proliferation of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs“—recommends this, it doesn’t mean that factory farm operators are going to meekly flush their arsenal of magic bullets down the drain. After all, the reason why antibiotics are fed to animals on factory farms is to keep them from dying in the filthy, crowded conditions that farmers force these animals to call home. Factory farms are prime breeding grounds for potentially deadly bacteria such as E. coli, salmonella, and campylobacter, and the conditions are so putrid that millions of animals die within a matter of weeks before they are even sent to slaughter, despite being shot up with drugs. Imagine how few would survive without them.

So expect factory farm operators to fight tooth and nail to avoid giving up their pharmaceutical cocktails—because the only alternative is to improve conditions on factory farms or … gasp … to stop raising animals altogether.

While Big Ag continues to play Russian roulette with public health, you can get started kicking the drug habit today by ordering a copy of our free vegetarian/vegan starter kit.

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • Sherri says:

    Holy are people ignorant. It should be your choice what you want to eat. I am a PETA supporter but to wish people die and get sick is bad too!! People are raised eating meat that is just the way it is. Wishing people to die won’t change someone’s view. They have to be educated and then hopefully they will make the right choice.

  • Sam says:

    The FDA has the ability to ban antibiotics given to cattle because of the health risks to humans but they didn’t. I agree with PETA that farmers aren’t going to stop using antibiotics or growth hormones on animals voluntarily and our lobbyistled FDA wouldn’t dare make them. Any drug or chemical an animal injests is going to show up in its milk or meat. Milk is banned in Europe and Japan if it isn’t labeled hormone free. I will never eat meat or drink milk that isn’t organic.

  • Alina says:

    Everyone that eats cows should get mad cow disease. Everyone that eats KFC not called Kentucky Fried Chicken anymore because they are not legally allowed to call headless footless featherless chickens chicken anymore should be pumped with disease filled antibiotics antilifes and people that eat factory farmed pigs that are fed on faeces and urine unless they are on the top layer of cages there are 3 layers and the FDA doesn’t make them cut the tumors off while they were ALIVE anymore so people are literally eating cancer!!! should get cancer. It’s not a mystery disease. You eat it you pay the consequences of your actions and ignorance.

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