We need your help to get animals back into the fields. They do not belong inside industrial farms – propped up by antibiotics.
Factory farmed animals are routinely fed antibiotics, even when they are healthy. The animals are vulnerable to disease because they are often:
- confined or caged in crowded, stressful conditions;
- weaned from their mothers very early;
- forced to grow faster and bigger than nature intended.
A catastrophe for farm animals and us
“...the world is heading towards a post-antibiotic era, in which many common infections will no longer have a cure and once again, kill unabated.”
Director-General of the World Health Organization,
Dr Margaret Chan (7th April 2011)
It’s no wonder these animals depend on drugs to survive factory farms. But this ‘regular fix’ results in more bacteria that are resistant to drugs. As you can imagine, this could have catastrophic implications. Soon, we could find ourselves in a world where there are no drugs left strong enough to fight infection – in farm animals and humans.
- The livestock-associated MRSA superbug can lead to life-threatening conditions like blood poisoning, pneumonia and meningitis.
- Research indicates battery cage egg farms may be six* times more likely to harbour dangerous Salmonella than higher welfare farms.
- Strong evidence suggests antibiotic overuse on farms has already contributed to a highly drug-resistant strain of E.Coli.
But there is a way we can turn this around. Compassion in World Farming has formed the Alliance to Save our Antibiotics with the Soil Association and Sustain. Today, we need your backing. Help give farm animals a better life, no longer dependent on routine drug use to prevent disease.
*This refers to Salmonella Enteritidis, one of the most common types of Salmonella reported worldwide.
Stop the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms
You can help stop factory farms being propped up by antibiotics. Help us challenge Dr Tonio Borg, EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, to reduce the use of antibiotics in farm animals. Please complete the petition below:
Dear Dr Tonio Borg, EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy
I call on you to urgently introduce an EU-wide strategy to reduce the use of antibiotics in farm animals. I want this strategy to include a legally binding timetable for phasing out the routine use of antibiotics on farms, and specific controls on antibiotics identified as ‘critically important’ for human health.