That’s because they’re not given to sick animals. Instead, they’re put routinely and without prescription into animal feed or drinking water, and delivered to entire flocks or herds of healthy chicken, turkeys, swine and beef cattle.
Why? To fatten them up, because fat animals are more profitable than skinny ones.
And while using antibiotics to promote growth in these animals might also promote profits for the food and pharmaceutical industries, when our limited supply of antibiotics is used so freely, there are public health consequences.
None of us have access to information on exactly which antibiotics are used, and how they are used on industrial farms raising more than 9 billion animals each year. Big drug companies and meat companies don’t volunteer it, and so far the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have never required it from them.
This is where you come in.
Tell the FDA: “Improve reporting of antibiotic use on industrial farms. Health professionals who rely on antibiotics to treat dangerous infections deserve nothing less.” If the more than 5 million U.S. health professionals who rely on antibiotics to work—nurses and dieticians, physicians and more—speak as one voice, the FDA will no longer be able to ignore them or us, the Americans who depend on them to keep our families safe.