chicago - The World Health Organization (WHO) called on livestock farmers to stop using antibiotics in healthy animals because it increases the risk of resistant bacteria.
Resistant bacteria are insensitive to many antibiotics and are a growing problem worldwide. Infections with resistant bacteria are more difficult to treat. Antibiotics are often given in the animal industry to grow animals faster or prevent them from being prevented from disease.
According to the WHO, in some countries 80 percent of all antibiotics go to animals. And that should be much lower. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) goes one step further and wants medical drugs that are not important for growth promotion in animals.
Some large poultry farmers, such as Tyson in the United States, have already stopped using these practices.