Raising Animals Without Antibiotics-isn’t it cruel?-2017-04-18

When animals get sick, and many do, just like many kids get sick, they need antibiotics to get better. Most people in agricultural production would also gladly pay for the antimicrobials to help their animals heal from an infection.

But over the last few years we’ve seen social paranoia needlessly demonize the right judicious use of antibiotics. Chick-fil-a declared they’ll end antibiotic use in their chickens by 2019. Last week, KFC announced that by the end of 2018 all their chicken will be raised without antibiotics “important to human medicine.” Chipotle, Panera Bread, and Subway have also received wide social media praise for going antibiotic free. Is this a scientifically justifiable reaction?

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