Target: Simon Stevens, CEO of the National Health Service
Goal: Hold the animal agriculture industry accountable for antibiotic overuse in light of severe global health risks and ensure this practice is urgently stopped.
Millions may die due to drug-resistant infections by 2050 because of antibiotic overuse, yet animal agriculture is not being taken to task for its huge role in the drastic misuse of these life-saving drugs. A U.K. government report has found that superbugs will kill one person every three seconds if global antibiotic usage is not dramatically reduced. A startling 50 percent of all antibiotics in the U.K. are fed to animals in factory farms — in the U.S. this figure rises to 80 percent. These drugs are routinely administered to intensively farmed animals to preventatively fight infections caused by the unsanitary confinement they are kept in.
Life-saving medicine is thus being rendered ineffective because farmers are rearing animals in appalling conditions to achieve greater profit margins. The National Health Service (NHS) has acknowledged this fact, yet no significant action has been taken by the government or the health body to challenge the farm industry’s misuse of antibiotics. Animal agriculture’s antibiotic overuse must urgently be halted in order to curb the emergence of fatal strains of drug-resistant bacteria, which put several million human lives at risk.
Sign this petition urging the National Health Service to use its considerable position and influence to ensure intensive farms are banned from administering antibiotics to animals and are instead made to significantly improve the animals’ living conditions.
Dear Mr. Stevens,
Lord O’Neill’s study petitioned by the government has found that 10 million people are projected to die by 2050 because of drug-resistant infections. The NHS has acknowledged that animal agriculture’s overuse of antibiotics is majorly responsible for creating superbugs. However, no action has been taken against the industry for raising animals in unhealthy conditions and irresponsibly threatening global human health.
The NHS should use its considerable influence to prevent health crises where possible. We demand that the NHS take a stand on this vital issue and push for antibiotic overuse in animal agriculture to be banned. The industry should instead be made to significantly improve living conditions for animals.
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