Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
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Vegetarian - Vegan - Animal Rights - Health - Nutrition - Environment
The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to
promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community
and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful
From the Fall 1998 Newsletter
STILL ANOTHER REASON TO GO
By Terry Sullivan
Farm animals are being pumped full of antibiotics, and that's posing a very real
threat to human health.
Factory farms feed antibiotics to their stressed-out animals to keep them from
developing devastating infections and to fatten them for slaughter. But just as bacteria
in people can become resistant to antibiotics, so can infectious bugs in farm animals. As
a result, human diseases that were treatable with antibiotics in the past are becoming
more and more dangerous.
Several strains of disease-causing bacteria with resistance to nearly all known
antibiotics have emerged in just the past couple of years. And a government panel says
cases of antibiotic-resistant human disease have "clearly occurred" due to
bacteria from farm animals given antibiotic-laced feed.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest calls the panel's report a
"landmark...the first authoritative U.S. report to explicitly acknowledge that use of
antibiotics in farm animals poses a risk to human health."
But the C.S.P.I. also criticizes the government panel for calling for still more
study, instead of recommending an outright ban on the routine feeding of antibiotics to
Eleven years ago, John Robbins put it this way, in his book "Diet for A New
"Unless we restrict the habitual use of antibiotics in livestock feed, these
lifesavers are well on their way to becoming utterly ineffective, and physicians will find
themselves as helpless in the treatment of many infectious diseases as they were in the
pre-antibiotic Middle Ages."
Return to Fall 1998 Newsletter
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