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August 10, 2019 - New York Times

Stealing Lauri: A pig kidnapping highlights the concerns over antibiotics in livestock

Stealing Lauri: A pig kidnapping highlights the concerns over antibiotics in livestock
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His hope was to document that crowded, filthy conditions create sick pigs, requiring farms to use antibiotics and perpetuating a cycle with profound implications for public health.

Mr. Hsiung, a founder of the group Direct Action Everywhere, was planning to break into a farm, document the conditions there and, finally, to steal a pig. “Americans have a fundamental right to know how their food is being produced,” Mr. Hsiung said, “but right now, the only way to gather this information is to break the law.” The risk would be worth it, Mr. Hsiung said, to chip away at unanswerable questions: How widespread is the use of antibiotics on American farms? And how much are these farms contributing to the rise of drug-resistant infections?

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