What if it was illegal to give antibiotics animals we are going to eat?
What Girls Said 1
Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem and a lot of people are poorly educated about it. I think antibiotics shouldn't be given to animals intended for the food chain. Many antibiotics are given to livestock regardless of whether they are needed or not which is wrong and encourages bacterial resistance which can then pass onto humans. If it were illegal it may encourage big commercial farms (which seem to be what you are discussing here mainly) to keep their animals in a better more healthy way, therefore reducing their risk of infection. Making it illegal would certainly help but it might be very difficult to police and many of the big pharma companies wouldn't be happy!
There are other issues that are contributing to antibiotic resistance though. I think better education for the public would be helpful too as many people go to the GP demanding antibiotics for minor things that really don't need them and in many cases it is a virus causing the infection anyway which renders the drug useless anyway.
It really is a big problem at the moment and it's actually quite scary that we could soon be unable to treat minor infections and they could start being fatal again! This is a really worthwhile post, thank you.
What Guys Said 1
The human species is doomed, isn't it? There's no hope for us. We're far too stupid. =/
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