Target: President Pro Tempore of the U.S. Senate, Patrick Leahy and House Speaker, John Boehner
Goal: Urge Congress to pass two bills aimed at ending the abuse of antibiotics in factory farms
Factory farms in the United States continue to pose serious threats to human health through their widespread abuse of antibiotics, contributing to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Two bills currently circulating in Congress would criminalize the use of medically-important antibiotics in livestock for unnecessary, non-therapeutic purposes. In the U.S. Senate this is the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act (PARA); its counterpart in the U.S. House of Representatives is the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA).
According to Natural News, the animal agriculture industry uses 80% of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. Farms give animals regular doses of the drugs to make them grow faster and prevent disease in filthy, crowded living conditions. The effectiveness of medicines in people is threatened by the constant presence of low-level antibiotics in the food chain. If PARA and PAMTA are passed, farms could no longer legally give their livestock low doses of antibiotics when they aren’t sick.
By greatly reducing the risk of so-called “superbugs” in the food chain, these bills will improve health for everyone and end the abuse of antibiotics in both animals and humans. Call on congressional leaders to support these bills and stop factory farms’ misuse of antibiotics.
Dear Senator Leahy and Representative Boehner,
The widespread abuse of antibiotics by the factory farming industry has become public knowledge as the development of drug-resistant bacteria affects more individuals’ daily lives. Two bills currently in Congress, the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act (PARA) in the Senate and the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA) in the House of Representatives, would ban antibiotics from being used for unnecessary non-medical purposes in livestock and make important progress towards protecting consumer health.
Some 80% of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are administered to farm animals. Industrial farming typically involves filthy, overcrowded living conditions where animals are driven to reach full size as quickly as possible. The abuse of antibiotics to prevent disease and promote growth reduces the effectiveness of the medicines when they are needed most–both for humans and livestock.
Congress must act to protect the food supply. If PARA and PAMTA are passed, farms could no longer legally give livestock low doses of antibiotics when the animals aren’t sick. Please urge passage of this common-sense legislation and end the abuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture.
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