Target: Olive Garden President Dave George
Goal: Stop the use of meat from animals given unnecessary daily doses of antibiotics.
Restaurant chain Olive Garden is refusing to ditch meat suppliers that dose their animals with antibiotics every day–an unnecessary practice that is a huge contributor to the growing germ resistance to these antibiotics. Big agriculture companies like to inundate their animals with these drugs rather than actually take care of them and keep them in sanitary conditions that don’t tend to lead to a lot of infection. As long as companies keep providing these factory farms with money, these problems will only get worse.
Recently, medical scientists confirmed the existence of bacteria that is resistant to all antibiotics, even the most powerful “last chance” drugs. This means that those who become infected with this bacteria can die even from a simple cut, especially if their immune systems are compromised from cancer treatments or certain disorders. Our overuse of antibiotics in cows, chickens, and pigs is considered to be one of the main reasons that bacteria has outpaced the development of medications that can fight it.
Until Olive Garden switches to local meat suppliers that take care of their animals properly without the overuse of antibiotics, the company will be contributing to the horrific abuse of animals and possibly the future deaths of thousands of people. Even massive chains like Pizza Hut and Taco Bell are stepping up and committing to antibiotic-free meat. Sign our petition to demand that Olive Garden makes the responsible and humane decision to end its reliance on dirty meat suppliers.
Dear Mr. George,
It’s come to my attention that you’re still relying on meat suppliers that give their animals daily doses of antibiotics instead of properly taking care of their animals. In doing this, you’re financing not only the horrific abuse of animals that are crammed into tiny cages and pens 24 hours per day, but also the growing problem of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
You may have heard that a strain of bacteria was recently found that is resistant to all known antibiotics. This has frightening implications for anyone with a compromised immune system and all of humanity in general. If nothing is done, healthy people could begin dying of simple infections the way they did before penicillin was discovered. The overuse of antibiotics in farm animals is considered to be a strong contributor to this threat.
Other restaurant chains like Pizza Hut and Taco Bell are beginning to commit to healthier, more humane local meat sources. It’s time you did the same, both for your company’s image and for the health of humans and farm animals everywhere.
[Your Name Here]
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