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Antibiotics in Animals

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The use of Antibiotics in meat started being used decades ago. Farmers realized that it caused their animals to weigh more; and being they get paid by the weight of the animal it caused many to succumb to the use of daily doses in the animal feed.

The problem arises when we consider the possibility of frequent use; it is a known fact that bacteria can become immune to certain antibiotics rendering that form of treatment useless. According to microbiologist Dr. Glenn Morris:

the problem for humans is that if a person ingests the resistant bacteria via improperly cooked meat and becomes ill, he or she may not respond to antibiotic treatment.

Apparently WHO (The World Health Organization) is concerned saying:

we need to reduce the overuse and misuse of anti-microbial's in food animals for the protection of human health

There has not yet been conclusive evidence concerning direct links to the use of drugs in food animals increasing drug-resistant bacteria that make people sick. According to Dr. Margaret Mellon, with the Union of Concerned Scientists:

There is no evidence that antibiotic resistance is not a problem, but there is insufficient evidence as to how big a problem it is

In all honesty I do not understand why we would treat healthy animals as if they are sick. Would we give our children medicine just because it made them more valuable. The implication of this could be devastating. I am concerned on the human level but what about the abuse of power over the animals. If they are sick I certainly would want them treated; however I hate the thought of pumping them full of antibiotics for money.

In one study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on February 6, 2002, researchers found links that strongly suggested that the people who developed Cipro-resistant bacteria had acquired them by eating pork that were contaminated with salmonella. The report concluded that salmonella resistant to the antibiotic flouroquine can be spread from swine to humans, and, therefore, the use of flouroquinolones in food animals should be prohibited.

Another New England Journal of Medicine study from Oct. 18, 2001, found that 20 percent of ground meat obtained in supermarkets contained salmonella. Of that 20 percent that was contaminated with salmonella, 84 percent was resistant to at least one form of antibiotic.

How do you feel about this? Please share your thoughts, or opinions.



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