A panel from The Johns Hopkins University has found that the overuse of antibiotics among cows, pigs and chickens could have growing harmful effects on the human population.
These drugs were manufactured to fight illness in people. Now 80% are used in agribusiness to increase the size of farm animals and offset diseases created by filthy conditions.
In 2008, the Pew Charitable Trust issued a report calling for a limit in the use of antibiotics for only diseased animals and should not be utilized for unnatural growth. The report also called for providing larger cages for egg-laying hens.
It is clear that these recommendations have long been ignored, with the situation being worsened. Unfortunately, the panel from Johns Hopkins expects their report to go unheeded as well.
The director of the Hopkins Center that produced the report blames the power of the agriculture business for the inaction on these and other reforms.
In fact, there are a wide array of Ag Gag laws, which don’t prevent abuse, torture or unsanitary conditions on farms. Making the situation more complicated, observers are not allowed to film on farm or factory premises, making documentation of the abuses difficult.
Watch a farmer talk about antibiotics in farm animals below.