Healthy animals provide healthy food, so ensuring the proper care for livestock is not only good for the consumer but for the farmer as well. Sensible and judicious use of antibiotics helps to prevent and control disease, and keep animals comfortable and well-cared for. This in turn reduces the risk of unhealthy animals entering our food supply.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) proper animal care includes making sure animals are healthy, comfortable, well nourished and able to express the natural behaviors of their species without pain, fear or distress. Furthermore, the AVMA notes that banning or severely restricting the use of antibiotics in animals would negatively impact a veterinarian’s ability to protect animal health and prevent suffering from disease.
If you’d like to read more about animal antibiotic use, please visit the Common Ground website.