In addition to the cruelty and violence inherent to animal agriculture, factory farms also pose a serious threat to public health. Due to rampant overuse of antibiotics on farms, many strains of bacteria are rapidly evolving and becoming resistant to antibiotics. This presents a significant risk to human health, as we depend on antibiotics to treat infections and numerous life-threatening diseases.
The animal agriculture industry uses 80% of all antibiotics sold in the United States. Due to the filthy and overcrowded living conditions on farms, animals are highly susceptible to illnesses. However, farmers do not solely treat infected animals. Instead, they routinely administer antibiotics to all animals, as both a preventative measure and to promote faster growth. While this practice may increase farmers’ profits, these constant low doses of antibiotics lead to the development of dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria.
Globally, more than 700,000 people die from antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year and if the epidemic is not brought under control, could kill more people than cancer by 2050. The World Health Organization has stated that without urgent action, “the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill."
By eliminating animal products from your diet, you can effectively stand against this extremely destructive industry. Animal agriculture is not only causing the suffering and death of billions of animals, it is contributing to a looming disaster that could threaten millions of human lives.
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