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January 31, 2012 |
Activists with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals like to nude up in their demonstrations, and last week was no exception. On Friday, three ladies stripped down (well, they were wearing panties) in front of a Farmer John sausage processing plant in Vernon to protest the consumption of meat and what they claim is the inhumane treatment of farm animals. The activists were laid out in human-sized meat trays and then bound in plastic wrap to drive home the message that animals and humans are all meat.
January 13, 2012
When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration restricted the routine use of a class of antibiotics known as cephalosporins in livestock, it picked an easy target. The agency's move is better than nothing, but nonetheless it is a reminder of the FDA's achingly slow and timid efforts to wean agriculture off the overuse of important medications. Call it a tiptoe forward after a recent giant step in the other direction and a long era of standing in one place. Eighty percent of the antibiotics used in this country are given to chicken, pigs, turkey and cattle, not because the animals are sick but to fatten them and prevent illness from sweeping through crowded pens.
April 15, 2011 |
The new study suggesting that nearly half of all meat and poultry may be contaminated with drug-resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus is not going over well in the animal agriculture industry. One major trade association says that, for starters, it's downright misleading. The American Meat Institute issued a news release saying the nation’s meat and poultry supply is “among the safest in the world.” The association, representing red meat and turkey processors, took special issue with the size of the study: “It is notable that the study involved only 136 samples of meat and poultry from 80 brands in 26 retail grocery stores in five U.S. cities. This small sample is insufficient to reach the sweeping conclusions conveyed in a news release about the study.” RELATED: Meat contaminated with resistant bacteria RELATED: So what's to be done about drug-resistant staph in meat and poultry?
July 11, 2010
Death and taxes — and what's left Re "Why not tax inherited wealth?," Opinion, July 6 Every person I know who has received an inheritance has spent it like the free money it is. Just last week a friend pulled up in a new luxury car, telling me how she had just purchased a whole house full of furniture and was planning a vacation — all courtesy of her late grandmother. Her brother and nephew had also bought expensive cars. Isn't this what the government wants?
July 6, 2010
With its blunt warning that antibiotics in meat "pose a serious threat to public health," the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finally acknowledged what many scientists have been saying for a long time. For years, evidence has been mounting that extensive use of antibiotics in livestock, particularly to promote growth or prevent the spread of disease in crowded pens, has resulted in the development of drug-resistant bacteria. The issue is not that the meat itself is infected or that consumers are ingesting antibiotics with their protein, but that the overuse of antibiotics is diminishing the efficacy of crucial medications needed for human use. Estimates are that 70,000 Americans each year die from infections that once could be treated with common medications.
March 13, 2010
Year after year, legislation intended to preserve the effectiveness of available antibiotics by limiting their use in livestock is shot down. The latest bills introduced in both houses of Congress have been stalled for close to a year. Banning the use of antibiotics in perfectly healthy animals has always been the right thing to do for the health of the American public. Overuse of antibiotics, whether in animals or humans, renders them less effective because it leads to the development of resistant bacteria.