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Get tougher on antibiotic use in animals [Commentary]

Get tougher on antibiotic use in animals [Commentary]

Science tells us that the overuse of antibiotics is leading to "super bugs," bacteria that are increasingly difficult if not impossible to kill with antibiotics. The biggest users — and arguably abusers — of antibiotics are large-scale industrial farms. More than 70 percent of antibiotics are used on livestock and poultry, and at many facilities, antibiotics are fed to animals that aren't sick. This enables the animals to grow faster and lets them stay healthy despite cramped, confined quarters where bacteria abound.

If there were no side-effects from using antibiotics in this manner, then "no harm no foul." But here's what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control...