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Stop Feeding Farm Animals Unnecessary Antibiotics!

Stop Feeding Farm Animals Unnecessary Antibiotics!

Every day, antibiotics are fed to perfectly healthy farm animals that make their way into our nation’s food supply, promoting the development of deadly antibiotic-resistant infections. Please help end this practice by signing the petition telling Congress that, as a matter of good public health policy, we need to stop feeding America’s farm animals unnecessary antibiotics.

Do you want to take antibiotics even when you are not sick? In a way, you are. Industrial farms routinely add antibiotics to the food of healthy animals in order to promote fast growth and to compensate for unsanitary living conditions — making an ideal breeding ground for antibiotic-resistant bacteria to spread to the human population.

Bacteria such as Salmonella and E. Coli are becoming increasingly antibiotic-resistant due, in large part, to the handling and consumption of contaminated meat and produce that has been exposed to resistant bacteria in soil and water. 

The decreased effectiveness of antibiotics due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria is straining the the U.S. health care system to the tune of $4 to $5 billion per year, causing approximately 300,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths. Now is the time to cut health care costs, not add unnecessarily to them.

This week is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week,” which raises awareness about antibiotic resistance and the importance of proper antibiotic use in humans. 

The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act calls for the withdrawal of 7 classes of antibiotics vitally important to human health from use on industrial farms — unless the animals are known to be sick. Please take a moment right now to urge Congress to end inappropriate antibiotic use on farms. 

According to SaveAntibiotics.org, up to 70 percent of U.S. antibiotics go to animals raised on industrial farms that aren’t sick; penicillins, tetracyclines, macrolides, sulfonamides, and other antibiotic intended for humans are typically pre-mixed in poultry and livestock feed or added to drinking water, often giving food animals constant low doses of antibiotics over much of their entire lives; and 90 percent of hogs and 97 percent of poultry are grown on factory farms in the United States. 

Make no mistake about it. This is a serious public health issue. The Obama administration has stated its support for a ban on the routine use of antibiotics in animal feed. Now is the time to let Congress know that you agree.

Please urge congress to  to support the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act, legislation that would withdraw 7 classes of antibiotics vitally important to human health from use on industrial farms unless animals or herds are sick with disease.

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9:21AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

11:06PM PDT on May 5, 2012

stop shareholders to trade medicaton before any virus even exists,,, geezzzzz nut case!

2:02AM PST on Dec 31, 2010

It just goes to show that human stupidity is much more infinite than the universe. Especially when money is involved.

3:18PM PST on Dec 29, 2010

Why, what purpose does it serve " if farm animals are healthy" What kind of Bacteria is in our food chain & being consumed daily by family's? Perhaps, when we are sick, antiobiotics are no longer effective. We are in trouble!

1:11AM PDT on Apr 8, 2010

Carol, you can't just say "and that is a fact," after anything. And when you put them after things that are clearly not factual, you just look stupid. There is nothing fact about God, and especially nothing fact about humans having to eat animals to live. I am a vegetarian and I am alive and well. I would address the rest of your comment but it does not make any sense.

Anyway, the government should be looking into making safer and more healthy conditions where the animals are raised, then they wouldn't have as much of a need for the antibiotics in the first place.

And why do people think it's okay to eat fish and not other meat? (Regina). Fish are over hunted in the oceans, leaving not enough food for the other animals that actually need to eat them. And if fisherman catch some other kinds of fish that they don't need, they kill them anyway and throw them back in the ocean.

10:33AM PDT on Oct 15, 2009

We should treat all of the animals gaven to humans to stay alive well no matter what they might be because without them man would not live and that is a fact.
Don't forget God created them for man to live so when man mistreats them we are mistreated God and that is a fact.

3:24PM PDT on Oct 11, 2009

Ann ~ Editor of the article
You are only concerned about the anti biotics because of the effect it may have on humans!! What do you mean ~ HEALTHY FARM ANIMALS?? These abused animals are being kept in such appalilng conditions! They should not be there at all!! YOU should not be eating meat ~ then you would not need to worry about your precious self!!

8:30PM PDT on Oct 9, 2009

Regina, vegetarians don't eat fish.

7:01AM PDT on Oct 9, 2009

It's healthy to eat fish than meat.meat plenty of cholosterol and takes a long time to digest.nice to be a vegetarian...

6:09AM PDT on Oct 9, 2009

To Brad King I would like to say that milk is also contaminated... But there is another problem ie. the hormonal treatment to make cows give milk even when they are pregnant. Cows and other animals are treated like living machins.

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