Other countries have eliminated antibiotic use in farm animals. Why shouldn’t we here in the U.S.?
A ban on antibiotic use on farms to treat sick animals or prevent illness would lead to animal suffering, possible mortality and would create food safety challenges.
Eliminating antibiotics to prevent or control disease in farm animals in other countries, such as Denmark, has not reduced the amount of antibiotic-resistant bacteria infections and strains harmful to people. And, it has even led to increased need for treatment of animals with newer, stronger antibiotics that are more closely related to those used in human medicine as well as other problems.