Target: San Francisco and Berkeley, California mayors, Ed Lee and Tom Bates
Goal: Thank California cities for being among the first to fight the use of antibiotics in livestock
The cities of San Francisco and Berkeley, California are among the first to join the fight against the use of antibiotics in animals intended for human consumption. Support these cities to help end this harmful and unnecessary practice.
Several local governments across the country are teaming up to fight the use of antibiotics in farm animals, an issue that has been ignored by the federal government for many years. Advocacy groups who oppose using antibiotics in animals argue that the large amount of antibiotics ingested by livestock are making human consumers resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat illness. But overuse of antibiotics, both in food and from prescriptions, has even more disastrous consequences. New drug-resistant super-bugs have emerged that have been linked to the use of antibiotics in livestock.
Other cities already fighting antibiotic use in animals include Seattle, Chicago, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh. The effort is part of an initiative by Food & Water Watch, an activism group who is asking local governments to propose solutions to antibiotic use and urge the federal government to take action against it. The few bills about this issue have been stuck in Congress for over a year.
Please sign the petition below to thank these California cities for advocating against the unnecessary use of antibiotics in farm animals.
Dear Mayors Lee and Bates,
I am writing to praise you for joining the Food & Water Watch initiative to fight the unnecessary use of antibiotics in farm animals.
Nearly 80 percent of pharmaceutical antibiotics used every year are being fed to farm animals. This is a shocking number. This excessive use of antibiotics is causing many people to develop immunities to common antibiotics that are vital to treating certain illnesses and disorders. The recent influx of new drug-resistant super-bugs has also been linked to the overuse of antibiotics in the livestock industry.
The use of these antibiotics in American food is unnecessary and, in many cases, harmful. The federal government needs to take immediate action on this issue that they have delayed addressing. Local governments such as yours have been taking action to enact much-needed changes. If cities around America begin taking a firm stand on this issue, perhaps the federal government will be forced to finally confront it.
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