Wednesday, April 29, 2015
ASPCA Responds to Tyson's Move to Ban Antibiotic Use in Chickens
Tyson Foods intends to stop using human antibiotics in its domestic chicken flocks by September 2017, the company said Tuesday, and will explore doing the same for its beef, pork and turkey operations.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals cautioned that if antibiotics are taken away, the industry must take other steps to keep birds healthy, such as giving chickens room to roam, improving sanitation and addressing poor genetics.
“If animal welfare is not addressed in conjunction with pulling back the drugs, this could actually be a very dangerous move for birds and ultimately for consumers,” said Suzanne McMillan, content director for the Farm Animal Welfare Campaign of the ASPCA....