- - Wednesday, December 5, 2018


Rick Berman, who represents a front group that supports practices that harm animals and the environment, starts off his op-ed about antibiotics with a tale about romaine lettuce and E. coli (“How animal activists threaten animal welfare,” Web, Dec. 3). He neglects to mention that leafy greens don’t naturally harbor E. coli bacteria. It lives in the intestinal tracts and feces of warm-blooded animals. When cow, pig or chicken manure is used to fertilize crops or leaks into waterways, fruits and vegetables can become contaminated.

Mr. Berman also fails to mention that about 80 percent of the antibiotics sold in the United States are used by the meat industry. Most are given to farmed animals to promote growth or prevent disease on the filthy, overcrowded farms in which the animals are imprisoned. When humans get sick, the antibiotics they’re prescribed don’t always work because they’ve been exposed to antibiotic-resistant bacteria in animal-based foods.

We can all help save lives by eating vegan foods. As long as farmed animals are raised in squalor and given antibiotics to help them survive long enough to be slaughtered, superbugs such as E. coli, MRSA and salmonella will continue to spread and sicken humans.


Senior writer

PETA Foundation

Norfolk, Va.

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