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FDA messes with the bull, will it get the horns?

Published in Blog on May 11, 2023 by Catie Robertson

Ranchers across America are about to be slapped with another hard-hitting FDA regulation in less than a month. 

This regulation, which has been slowly rolled out for the past five years, will ban over-the-counter antibiotics for livestock, requiring veterinarian diagnosis for administration. 

According to a study completed in 2020, an estimated 66% of antibiotics worldwide are used in animal care. Now, these widely used drugs will only be available to ranchers under strictly medically necessary situations.

If these antibiotics are all removed from the market, and placed behind the bars of a veterinary consultation, an undue burden will fall on ranchers. Due to the population density of many of these ranches, antibiotics are strictly necessary to prevent widespread and rampant disease among the animals. 

Not only will this government overreach cost ranchers unforetold sums in veterinary bills, but also the very lives of their livestock. 

Behind this government overreach is a scarcely shielded environmental advocacy that has been mooing for years. 

According to some environmental activists’ data, 51% of global greenhouse gas emissions are produced by livestock and their byproducts. Additionally, 55% of water in the U.S. is used by animal agriculture, compared to the 5% which is used domestically. 

In the eyes of those who predict sudden and soon extinction for humanity on the basis of anthropogenic climate change, these numbers are more than enough to greatly reduce the animal agriculture sector, if not eliminate it entirely. This is the agenda that the current administration holds as well. 

If it seems like the FDA is working against the health of livestock and the vitality of the animal agriculture industry at large, maybe it is because they are doing precisely that. 

In the end, this overregulation swings back around and hurts American citizens. Ranchers are gouged for veterinary medicine, and the price of ground beef quadruples at the grocery store for your next cookout. 

This regulation on antibiotics is clearly a power grab, going far beyond reasonable limitation, and instead promoting a sickly green agenda. And without an Article V convention, We the People have no way of stopping them.

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