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Sunday November 19, 2017

Dr. John Waddell Dr. John Waddell, a veterinarian from Sutton who specializes in consulting with pig farmers, is also a past president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and is active in translating complex animal-agriculture scientific issues to pet veterinarians and non-veterinarians. We asked him for his take on the recurring claims in the media that Congress should prohibit "overusing antibiotics" in animal farming, and the issue with "80 percent" of U.S. antibiotics being used in the daily feed of farm animals.

First, let's start with a little fact check. That claim that 80 percent (first it was 70 percent, now it's grown to 80 percent) of all antibiotics in this country are used just to make animals grow faster comes from an inflated 10-year-old estimate circulated by a Boston environmental activist group that USA Today once called the “greenest of US environmental groups….” The group actively lobbies against numerous social issues including carbon emissions, SUVs, biotechnology and the war in Iraq, arguing we should save the planet by all cutting down our consumption of energy, housing, travel and meat, among others.

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