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Antibiotics should be banned for agricultural use.

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Started: 4/4/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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MLGProtato

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Antibiotic use in livestock greatly outweighs it's benefits. For one, drug overuse in animals speed up the rate in which dangerous pathogens could evolve immunization. (1) Use of antiviral drugs can cause this genetic alteration by placing selective pressure on the infection, causing resistance to be mutated. (2) Because of that, we are running out of (useful) antibiotics. (3) Many sources suggest that around 70% to 80% of all amoxicillin is being used on livestock. (3)(4) This has cost fifty-five BILLION dollars in excess health-care spending and lost productivity in the U.S. alone. (3)




(1) https://www.youtube.com...
(2) http://emerald.tufts.edu...
(3) http://www.theatlantic.com...
(4)
https://en.wikipedia.org...
ADigitalArtist

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Greetings MLGProtato! Thank you for the opportunity for the debate topic. Good luck and have fun!

While I am a huge advocate for animal welfare, there seems to be some disparity between the core debate subject, banning the use of antibiotics for livestock, and the content of your debate, which seems more pressing on better regulation to prevent overuse of antibiotics as preventative care instead of responsive care. Something I can get behind.

I couldn't, however, get behind a ban, antibiotics need to be used when animals are legitimately sick with a bacterial infection. There are still a number of common and uncommon bacterial infections including bacterial pneumonia and TB (1) which should be treated to prevent unchecked spreading and general suffering of livestock which are treated with various forms of penicillin and tetracycline. (2) Some studies suggest that treating environmental factors around animal husbandry is the most successful way of curbing bacterial infections and antibiotic resistance, not stopping antibiotic use 'cold turkey.' (3) Finally, while any use of antibiotics can lead to some resistant infections, the risk is significantly reduced to humans by following simple food and animal care hygiene. (4)

(1) http://www.mds-usa.com...
(2) http://www.sdstate.edu...
(3) http://search.proquest.com...
(4) http://www.cdc.gov...
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