Target: Representative Louise Slaughter of New York’s 25th District
Goal: Support legislation to end irresponsible administration of antibiotics in farm animals
According to the FDA, 80% of all antibiotics administered in the United States are fed to farm animals. This is because farmers feed animals antibiotics to prevent disease in unsanitary conditions. According to the Humane Society of the United States’ director of public health, these animals are “producing diseased and bacteria-laden flesh and pus-filled milk that even industry standards call ‘unhealthful.'”
The shortsighted use of ‘preventative’ antibiotics has serious consequences. It allows farms to continue housing animals in inhumane conditions that would otherwise kill them. It also allows bacteria to flourish by evolving to counteract antibiotics, posing serious epidemiological risks to humans and animals alike, risks that grow with each passing day this practice continues. The American Medical Association, among hundreds of other organizations, supports the adoption of PAMTA for this reason.
The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA) would stop the use of antibiotics also used in human medicine on farms. This would have the twofold effect of forcing farms to stop using shortcuts to preserve the health of livestock, and maintaining the efficacy of medications used to combat human illness. Support Representative Slaughter of New York in sponsoring this bill before the House of Representatives.
Thank you for sponsoring the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA), which will benefit both livestock and humans. The practice of flooding farm animals with antibiotics allows farmers to maintain unsafe living conditions for livestock, and accelerates the propagation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
PAMTA represents a big step forward in humane treatment of animals and the responsible use of antibiotics. Your support for this landmark legislation is appreciated. Please keep up the good work in promoting the health and welfare of animals and people throughout the nation.
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