Antibiotics and Animals

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Antibiotics and Animals

These articles are about the use of antibiotics in animals. A lot of organizations feel using too many antibiotics in animals (whether its to make them healthy or for growth reasons) can have a harmful effect on humans. Other groups believe its better to give it to the animals rather than having us get sick from whatever the animal was sick from.

Groups for antibiotic use
The US Animal Health Institute (AHI) – Ron Phillips VP

Groups against antibiotic use
FDA – Don Kennedy, Stanley Falkow (expert panel commissioned by the FDA) – 1976
Keep Antibiotics Working (KAW) – David Wallings spokesperson – 2001
Union of Concerned Scientists – Dr. Margaret Mellon - 2001
House of Representatives – Senator Edward Kennedy Jr – March 2002, Sherrod Brown, Henry Waxman and Louise slaughter – February 2002
Bush Adminstration – Lester Crawford (FDA deputy commissioner)
Tyson Food, Perdue Farms, Golden Kist, Foster Farms, McDonalds, Wendy’s, Popeyes and Chipotle Mexican Grill – 2002
Officials in Russia
Pork Producer in Taiwan
Department of Agriculture’s Marketing Service – 2007
Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee (VMAC) – 2007

Questions – for antibiotic use
1. Wouldn’t raising the standards in which animals are raised improve the overall health of them and then the need for antibiotics would significantly decrease.
2. Why do they think its healthy to give animals antibiotics for growth purposes? If they truly need them for when they are sick fine, but not to make them bigger.
Questions – against antibiotic use
1. If there is so much data to back up the claims that antibiotic use in animals creates a high resistance in humans to antibiotics then why can’t they just pass a law to say they use them unless the animal is truly sick.
2. If the animal is sick why can’t they say the distributors can’t sell them anyway. In the…...

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