Antibiotics In Livestock Feed Research Paper

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Worldwide, animals are administered sub-therapeutic doses of antibiotics so that meat industries can profit more. Because of this, a spread of resistant diseases become more likely, bacteria develop into different forms in livestock, and humans could become resistant to antibiotics due to consuming the tampered meats. Meat industries believe that bigger is better; though their demand for quicker meat production puts not only the health of the antibiotic-ingested animals at risk, but also the health of the humans consuming the meat. Thus, meat industries should not have the right to implement antibiotics in their livestock feed.
First of all, antibiotic resistant bacteria spreads quickly in meat infected by antibiotics, leading to a spread of resistant infections. If resistant bacterias found in
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According to a website article written by Jenn Eye, “animals receiving antibiotics in their feed gain 4% to 5% more body weight than animals that do not receive antibiotics.” (Pros And Cons of Antibiotics in Livestock Feed.) This increase in body weight allows meat industries to produce more meat, accelerating profit growth; however, meeting consumers demands will not make up for the current and potential medical expenses that come with using therapeutic antibiotics. In a recent news article written by the CDC, “... report estimates that almost $8 billion in hospital bills could be avoided over five years by halting the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria” (Antibiotic Resistance Threats.) Infectious resistant-bacteria alone takes away billions of dollars out of healthcare patients’ pockets. Billions of dollars could be saved if antibiotic resistant infections no longer had to be treated constantly. By taking a step in preventing meat industries from using antibiotics, the spread of resistant bacteria will halt at the consumer’s line and prevent further

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