Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Superbugs are being bred on dinner plates

In order to prevent the "catastrophic threat" of antibiotic resistance, we need look no further than the dinner plate.

Factory-farmed animals are disease-ridden as a result of being crammed into filthy sheds, which are a breeding ground for new strains of dangerous bacteria.

Pigs and other animals on factory farms are fed a steady diet of drugs to keep them alive in these unsanitary, stressful conditions, increasing the chance that drug-resistant superbugs will develop.

Hans-Gerhard Wagner, a senior officer with the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation, called the intensive industrial farming of livestock an "opportunity for emerging disease".

In addition to the fact that vegan diets are less likely to require the use of antibiotics in the first place, choosing to eat vegan also helps to decrease the very real danger of mutating bacteria.

BEN WILLIAMSON

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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