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Plague of ‘Superbugs’ Is Super Scary

Written by PETA | December 31, 2009
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Super Freak.” Super Target. Superbad. I’d say the wedding reception classic, shopper’s wonderland, and hit flick are all worth cheering. But “superbugs,” a la swine flu, salmonella, and E. coli? Not so much.

These drug-resistant infections contaminate not only our air and waterways but also America’s meat supply, which is also greatly responsible for creating them. The practice of feeding antibiotics to crowded factory farmed pigs, chickens, and cows started in the ’90s and has since skyrocketed—70 percent of the antibiotics in the U.S. last year were used on factory farms. Old killers like malaria, tuberculosis, and staph are making comebacks, stronger than ever. And thanks to the overuse of antibiotics, more than 65,000 people died last year from drug-resistant infections.

Health and government officials everywhere, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the White House to the World Health Organization, are worried. This alarming article by the Associate Press, which I urge you to read and forward, had so many mind-boggling stats and quotes that I was tempted to cut and paste it in its entirety. Instead, I lifted the following quotes:

“This is a living breathing problem, it’s the big bad wolf and it’s knocking at our door.”
—Dr. Vance Fowler, Infectious disease specialist, Duke University

“If we’re not careful with antibiotics and the programs to administer them, we’re going to be in a post antibiotic era.”
—Dr. Thomas Frieden, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“If you mixed an antibiotic in your child’s cereal, people would think you’re crazy.”
—Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, Democrat from New York

How can you keep superbugs at bay? Start by going vegan. There’s no doubt that you’ll save animal lives—and better protect your own.

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • Michael Carpathios says:

    As a physician I can tell you that even the infectious disease specialists have not made that connection that the meat they eat is causing a large proportion of antibiotic resistance. They are constantly discouraging overuse of antibiotics by other physicians yet essentially none of the infectious disease physicians or any of the other physicians I know realize how much broadspectrum antibiotics are used in vast quantities on all the factoryfarmed meat and that it is likely the largest source of these “super bugs.” I say that PETA should make an effort to educate the medical community about this problem. Because they just have no idea!

  • Talysha says:

    Even if you aren’t veggie you should still read it to be informed. I found this article really interesting and I’m glad that I read it. I’m not as lucky as the other two people here with one of my doctor’s She was kind of indeferent about me not eating meat but when I said I don’t drink milk she said that I should and that there was nothing wrong with it and that it didn’t hurt the animals

  • John Billings says:

    I am so glad for PETA! They are making very good changes in this world positive changes for humans as well as nonhuman animals. PETA is changing the whole world for the better. And their ads are good.

  • DAVID says:

    although your not eating meat you should no some of the facts. just because its not meat doesnt eliminate the threat of bacteria. also did you know that the FDA declared it ok for peanut butter to contain two rat hairs per tablespoon? its true. unless you eat only food that you yourself have harvested and prepared youre always at risk.

  • lori says:

    i went veggie cus it says a lot to the public that you refuse to do something that’s proven unhealthy yet not yet realized by most… maybe we could be the example to be followed.

  • ZoeexIsxAxMonstrosityxVegetarian says:

    I went veg. because I’d rather not get samonella poisoning? Thanks.

  • Janet says:

    Unfortunately we are only reaping what we have sown. We have brought about the destruction of our planet and bodies because of our gluttonous desire for animal flesh.

  • Valerie says:

    My doctor was also thrilled when I told her I went veggie. She said she was veggie too and that I had done the best thing I could possibly do for my health.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    The beef pork poultry and fishing industries are inordinately cruel to animals and they evince a callous disregard for food safety.

  • Shari says:

    My doctor was so happy when I told him I went veggie!