Stop giving animals antibiotics, doctors and consumer advocates urge

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Consumer advocates and Chicago area doctors are warning about the overuse of antibiotics in animals.

The Illinois Public Interest Research Group says up to 70 percent of antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used in animals.

The group says they’re often given to healthy animals to make them grow fatter, faster.

The problem is bacteria that come into contact with the animals mutate and become resistant to antibiotics.

So the infections these bacteria cause, such as pneumonia and MRSA, become harder to treat.

The group is asking the Obama administration to stop factory farms from giving lifesaving antibiotics to healthy animals.

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