Mass livestock farming can only function with high doses of antibiotics
Poultry fattening units keep at least 200 000 laying hens. The birds, which would normally move about a great deal if they were free, live together in brutally cramped conditions. Consequently, infections spread like wild fire. In the course of its brief life (less than 40 days), a chicken is pumped full of antibiotics for a total of ten days. Most of the birds carry multi-drug-resistant microbes. These microbes also pass on their genetic information to other strains of bacteria. The bacteria then pass from birds to human beings and into the environment (soil and groundwater). As a result, the resistance is communicated to an ever wider range of bacteria, as in a snowball effect, so that the problem sky-rockets.
The myth of reduced antibiotic use in mass livestock farming
More antibiotics are used in livestock farming than are administered to human beings. Claims that the use of antibiotics has been reduced are misleading. While vets are prescribing slightly fewer tonnes of antibiotics, they are now prescribing highly effective broad spectrum antibiotics, which are far more potent in small doses. The use of these so-called reserve antibiotics is therefore increasing, with disastrous consequences for human beings: the problem of the development of resistance to killer microbes is being substantially aggravated. All the scientific findings show that it is more urgent than ever to abolish mass livestock farming! The WHO is warning of an impending medical catastrophe: the post-antibiotic era: minor infections will be fatal, as no antibiotic will work any longer. For medicine, that will mean a return to the Middle Ages.
Nearly 90% of turkey meat infected
In 2015, approximately nine out of ten samples of turkey meat in Germany were found to be infected with antibiotic-resistant microbes!
Meat atlas / slaughter
58 billion chickens
1.3 billion pigs
(The trend has for years been upwards, as the international market for poultry and pigmeat continues to grow apace, because here mass livestock farming in cramped conditions is particularly ‘efficient’.)
GERMANY IN 2012
628 MILLION CHICKENS
58 MILLION PIGS
33 MILLION TURKEYS
25 MILLION DUCKS
3 MILLION CATTLE
1 MILLION SHEEP
½ MILLION GEESE
Stop CETA and TTIP
Brutal mass livestock farming is a business worth billions: as a result of CETA and TTIP, millions of tonnes more cheap mass-produced meat from industrialised livestock farming would reach the European market, which in itself is already more than saturated and in its present form urgently needs to be altered and reduced.
In connection with the planned free trade agreements between Europa and Canada (CETA) and between Europe and the USA (TTIP), it is primarily internationally influential global industrial undertakings that hope to profit ruthlessly from the agreements.
In meat production, that will mean even more profligate use of antibiotics, hormones and chemicals. The international agroindustry, animal feed industry and chemical industry are seeking to expand their markets on the basis of the lowest common denominator in the standards of the other side. This is a fatal step backwards. Urgently needed improvements in standards would become impossible in future, because the rules designed to ‘protect’ investors will allow big businesses to bring legal action against individual States on the grounds that their ‘legitimate expectation of profit must not be thwarted’.