Do you know over 700,000 people are falling into the trap of death due to superbugs/AMR.
Antibiotics are now ineffective in treating infections. Over 700,000 people are falling into the trap of death due to superbugs/AMR.
The strains of bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi resistant to antibiotics are called superbugs. It has been estimated that up to 10 million people will lose their lives each year by 2050 due to superbugs only. Not just this, we will face a huge economic loss of 100 trillion dollars as estimated by The World Bank.
What causes superbugs?
75% of all global antibiotics are used in farm animals rather than humans, and they are routinely used to prop up low welfare practices on intensive farms. Irresponsible and excessive use of antibiotics in farm animals is causing superbugs to emerge. Superbugs are carried off farms via water, air, workers, insects, wildlife, and meat, reaching humans and causing life-threatening illnesses. The United Nations, the G20, and many world leaders have recognized superbugs as a global health emergency and calling for comprehensive actions in human medicine and farming to address the problem.
Treatment of farm animals is the world’s biggest animal welfare issue – and it’s getting bigger due to factory farming. By 2050, livestock production will be twice what it was in 2000.
Sign the petition to demand an end to the routine use of antibiotics in intensive farming and end the superbugs!
- Antibiotics should neither be used for preventative measures in intensive/low welfare farms nor animal growth promotions.
- Producers/corporates should end cages, sterile environment, and overcrowding at farms.
- Government should strengthen policies and regulatory framework in animal farming for improved animal welfare and responsible use of antibiotics.
Poor animal health and welfare in intensive farming negatively affect food safety, environment, and climate.
- Many genetically uniform animals are squashed into stressful, barren environments.
- Animals do not have access to outdoors or natural light and are often caged with no room to turn around or lie down and fully extend their limbs, heads, or wings.
- These highly stressful conditions can lead to injuries and abnormal behaviors, including biting cages, chewing repetitively until frothing the mouth, pecking feathers etc.
- The intense stress and crowding naturally hinder the animals’ growth and development and make them susceptible to diseases and infections.
- Including regular doses of antibiotics in the feed and water for entire herds or flocks, in addition to injecting drugs at various stages throughout their development, is a low-cost way to keep the highly stressed, immune-compromised animals alive and growing at a fast rate.
How should we use antibiotics?
In Intensive farms, antibiotics are used across groups to prevent these stressed animals from getting sick; they prop us a suffering system for food production.
Antibiotics are life-saving medicines.
Antibiotics are life-saving medicines needed to kill bacteria and hence should be reserved for the treatments of humans and animals rather than being used as growth promotors or band-aids to prevent mass herds of animals from diseases.