Reader letter: Antibiotics are injected into our livestock

Norwich Livestock Market.. Picture Chris Hill

Norwich Livestock Market.. Picture Chris Hill - Credit: Archant

The government is pleading with us to not pester our doctors to needlessly prescribe antibiotics.

They claim it makes bacteria resistant. But why no mention of the huge amount of antibiotics regularly injected into cattle and other farmed livestock, which additionally finds its way into us and what we eat? Or could the agri-business lobby be too powerful to confront, especially if a seat on the board is contemplated?

If you keep animals in close confinement, just like humans, they will easily pass on diseases like wildfire. The Victorians recognised this and cleared out the tenement slums.

Way to go, eh!