Ban Overfeeding of Antibiotics on Farms to Prevent Dangerous Superbugs

EscherichiaColi_by Rocky Mountain Laboratories NIAID

Target: Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture

Goal: Urgently ban farmers from overfeeding antibiotics to their animals, in light of the dangerous emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Despite indisputable evidence that feeding large quantities of antibiotics to factory farm animals is causing life-threatening strains of superbugs, no action has been taken to curb this dangerous practice. A new antibiotic resistance factor named MCR, which protects bacteria against our drugs of last resort, has been found in a slaughtered pig. This makes the link between animal agriculture and the increasing risk posed by superbugs crystal clear. Indeed, 80 percent of antibiotics in the United States are fed to animals raised for meat, to increase their yield and offset the health risks posed by the confinement and insalubrious conditions animals are farmed in.

The overuse of antibiotics in this manner has rendered these life-saving drugs ineffective, which means that routine infections can now be deadly. A study has found that 10 million people could die by 2050 as a result of meat farmers misusing antibiotics. Despite this imminent threat, the farm industry is still being allowed to administer vast quantities of vital antibiotics to the animals it slaughters for food.

Sign this petition urging authorities to immediately ban animal agriculture from using antibiotics and ensure that animals’ living conditions are vastly improved instead.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Vilsack,

The discovery of the antibiotic resistance factor MCR in the United States should serve as a wake-up call to authorities who have ignored this imminent health crisis for far too long. MCR was found in a slaughtered pig, proving clear links between the farm industry’s overuse of antibiotics and the emergence of dangerous superbugs. Action must be taken against animal agriculture for irresponsibly putting our global health at risk.

We demand that farmers are banned from administering antibiotics to animals, and for strict regulations to ensure the industry dramatically improves animals’ living conditions instead.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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