Animals are kept in cramped, filthy conditions and dosed up with antibiotics to prevent and treat illness, and speed growth. Incredibly, up to 75% of the world’s antibiotics are used in factory farms.
But if these vital drugs are overused, deadly strains of disease can mutate to resist their effects.
Antibiotic-resistant infections kill 1.27 million people each year, and rising. But the solution is simple: by banning the routine use of antibiotics in factory farms, we could massively reduce the risk of deadly new superbugs emerging.
Our government could make that happen, but it’ll take thousands of us calling for action.
Will you join us?
Email your MP now and tell them to back a ban on the routine use of antibiotics in factory farms.
The vast quantity of cheap meat produced by factory farms is driving up rates of obesity and chronic illness.
Studies have shown that intensively reared meat tends to contain more fat and lower levels of important nutrients than higher welfare products. It’s also used in low cost processed foods that are often laden with salt, sugar and additives.
At the same time,factory farming is replacing local, sustainable food production, undermining nutrition and worsening the risk of hunger for millions of people.
Poor conditions in factory farms make them hotspots for parasites and bacteria. Globally, around 35% of all foodborne diseases are linked to meat, dairy or eggs.