It has become common in large meat-producing companies not moderated by animal welfare organizations to dose all animals with antibiotics in an attempt to prevent diseases common in places where animals are in close living quarters. Such antibiotics also add more bulk to the dosed animal.
According to HFAC, overuse of antibiotics causes antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” to develop. This results in more disease for animals in these environments, as well as disease for humans working with or eating the beef produced by sick cattle. By using antibiotics only when an individual animal is sick, the likelihood for these “superbugs” to develop is greatly reduced.
While creating a healthier environment for these animals can be more expensive for almost all parties involved, Severance wants to bring attention to the big picture: “While we are aware that it may start out as more of an expense, if the system can change in the long run the positive outcomes will far outweigh the negative ones.”