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Take Action: Mr President, Pardon the Turkey But Not Industrial Animal Agriculture


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JL
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The Obama administration publicly committed to tackling the risks associated with industrial animal agriculture, and now is the time for action. Please urge the White House to move forward on rules to protect us from CAFO pollution& the misuse of antib



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JL A. (276)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 7:57 pm
Mr President, Pardon the Turkey But Not Industrial Animal Agriculture

CAFO PardonEvery year, the president of the United States pardons one lucky turkey, allowing the bird to finish its days roaming a farm instead of sliced on a platter. However, the turkey on your dinner plate lived a very different life than what that fortunate bird will experience. Today, the overwhelming majority of turkeys we eat are raised in industrial operations that produce 100,000 birds or more a year in crowded warehouses, referred to as concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

The massive quantities of waste produced by these animals and the routine administration of antibiotics to healthy birds needed to prevent illness have turned CAFOs into significant and growing threats to public health and clean water. Last year more than 248 million turkeys were raised in the United States, generating about 4.8 billion pounds of manure. Unlike human sewage, this waste is often spread without being treated on nearby cropland. Additionally, these operations routinely feed poultry, pigs and cattle a steady diet of antibiotics in order to speed up their growth and help protect them in the crowded, unsanitary living conditions. This creates the ideal breeding ground for dangerous antibiotic-resistant superbugs that can infect humans. Incredibly, up to 70 percent of U.S. antibiotics important in medicine go to food animals, often to animals that arenít sick.

The Obama administration publicly committed to tackling the risks associated with industrial animal agriculture, and now is the time for action. Please urge the White House to move forward on rules to protect us from CAFO pollution and the misuse of antibiotics. This is not the time to pardon industrial animal agriculture!
 

Jason S. (57)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 7:58 pm
good posting, thanks
 

JL A. (276)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 8:37 pm
You are welcome Jason.
 

Sara W. (108)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 9:09 pm
Gladly signed.
 

JL A. (276)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 9:25 pm
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Past Member (0)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 2:27 am
Signed, thank you.
 

Nicole W. (644)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 4:50 am
signed~
 

Bill K. (14)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 6:18 am
we all have the power to pardon all turkeys. let's make this Thanksgiving totally turkey free. Go Vegan for the holidays.
 

natalie n. (164)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 8:21 am
can we have turkey-free celebrations? or at least cut down on the meat consumed during festive seasons like christmas? there lies the challenge- i will be more careful now onwards.
 

JL A. (276)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 8:21 am
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JL A. (276)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 8:46 am
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Elizabeth O. (88)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 9:23 am
Signed.
 

JL A. (276)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 10:41 am
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Bartlomiej T. (307)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 3:10 pm
Signed!
 

Stefano Mosi (0)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 9:58 pm
My family is buying an organic turkey from whole foods. It's only once a year so the $40 is worth it.
 

Leslene Dunn (74)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 10:21 pm
I am vegetarian - no meat, no fish! Signed and noted.
 

Bee S. (208)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 11:40 pm
signed ~ Thank You J.L .A

(still: did not understand the whole meaning of this petition. What does "Industrial animal Agriculture" mean??
Meat made out of plants = not by slaughtering animals? Hope iīm correct with this.)
 

Sandra M Z. (114)
Friday November 16, 2012, 8:37 am
Thank you for taking action on this issue. Please share this message with your friends and family.

Signed and noted, for family farms. Thank you J. L.
 

DORIS L. (61)
Friday November 16, 2012, 12:56 pm
Signed.
 

Jan Garen (78)
Friday November 16, 2012, 1:02 pm
Hypocritical - turkeys do not commit any crimes so why would one require a pardon? If the bulk of the population did not feel the need to sink their greedy teeth into someone else's flesh there would be no industrial agriculture to worry about. I don't care whether it is safe for people - I only care that it is not safe for animals on this planet as long as there are carnivorous humans around.I don't want to hear anything about personal choice either - animals have no choice about whether they are terrified beaten slaughtered on their journey to the gluttons' troughs.
 

Ruth M. (252)
Friday November 16, 2012, 1:07 pm
Signed
 

JL A. (276)
Friday November 16, 2012, 1:52 pm
Bee, industrial agriculture usually means huge numbers in very limited space (confined or crammed conditions) and a whole lot of excrement running off into local streams. Hope that clarifies sufficiently for you.
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Lois Jordan (58)
Friday November 16, 2012, 2:24 pm
Signed & noted. Thanks, J.L.
 

JL A. (276)
Friday November 16, 2012, 2:26 pm
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Christeen Anderson (553)
Friday November 16, 2012, 2:29 pm
Noted and signed.
 

JL A. (276)
Friday November 16, 2012, 3:02 pm
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Nelson Baker (0)
Friday November 16, 2012, 3:25 pm
Signed
 

JL A. (276)
Friday November 16, 2012, 3:44 pm
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Gloria H. (88)
Friday November 16, 2012, 4:44 pm
He may step in turkey poop with the industrial farming corporations, but it sure would be a step in the right direction. Time to give them the bird!
 

JL A. (276)
Friday November 16, 2012, 4:58 pm
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june t. (66)
Friday November 16, 2012, 5:27 pm
support your small, local family farms! Help them be able to make a living, or else they will be bought out by the industrial "farm" corporations.
 

JL A. (276)
Friday November 16, 2012, 5:30 pm
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Rock H. (254)
Friday November 16, 2012, 6:42 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks J.L.!
 

JL A. (276)
Friday November 16, 2012, 7:30 pm
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Henrik Thorsen (28)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 5:03 am
Signed.
 

Ruth S. (298)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 5:55 am
I agree with Bill K.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 7:19 am
Mr President, Pardon the Turkey But Not Industrial Animal Agriculture Thank you for taking action on this issue.
Posted to FB. Thanks Nancy
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 7:20 am
Sorry J L...tried to cancel and change but wasn't fast enough.
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 7:50 am
Let me begin with my personal belief that most of the Super Bugs that are a danger to humans originate from human stupidity related to human health not food animals. Most MDR(Multiple Drug Resistant) bacteria develop their resistance through abuse, misuse and over prescription of anti-biotics and use OTC creams, ointments, sprays, treated band-aides and anti-bacterials( hand sanitizers). Hand sanitizers are effective in only killing the weak strains. Too many people want a pill to cure everything immediately but stop the treatment course when they feel better not as directed. When one gets into the 70% claim et alia you run into some really big problems most of which are caused by the fact that none of the opposing parties use the same standards or definitions for any thing discussed. For food animals there are 5 categories used by various groups, growth promotion - used by AHI and NASI not the UCS; disease prevention - used by NASI and no one else, total non-therapeutic use - only used by UCS; therapeutic use - only used by UCS; total therapeutic and non-therapeutic use - used by AHI and UCS; non-food or companion animal use - only used by UCS; used in all animals - AHI and UCS; Human medicine(does not include sanitizers, OTC creams, ointments etc.) - used by AHI and UCS; Antibiotics used OR MANUFACTURED in the US - used by AHI and USC. I am sorry but the amount made in the US is irrelevant as it does not apply directly to the question and is not separated out of any of the math any where. The other problem is that there is no year by year tracking by any of the groups and they all admit that they are using their own ESTIMATES and those estimates vary by any where from a factor of 3/4 to 2 to 10.
Maybe I am just getting too damn old but I refuse to believe the "facts" of any one with a dog in the fight who is using "estimates" and when none of those involved will use one set of standards and definitions. No I think I am going to stick with Occam's Razor, thesimplestt reason, the one with the fewest assumptions, is usually the right one and I am going to bet on human stupidity first and human greed as an also ran.
I will also add that nearly all of the food animal Super Bugs that are dangerous to humans Are Not passed from the food directly to humans there is always a human related transmission mechanism involved in the spread of the disease.
 

JL A. (276)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 8:39 am
Lloyd, the two main issues of concern from industrial agriculture are the crowded conditions livestock are subjected to and the waste that pollutes nearby streams...
 

JL A. (276)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 8:41 am
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Isabelle J. (87)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 9:01 am
Signed.
 

Lisa Neste (710)
Saturday November 17, 2012, 9:17 am
Mr President, Pardon the Turkey But Not Industrial Animal Agriculture

Thank you for taking action on this issue.
 

Emilia Boccagna (15)
Sunday November 18, 2012, 12:01 pm
done
 

Melania Padilla (185)
Monday November 19, 2012, 6:24 pm
Signed and shared!
 

JL A. (276)
Monday November 19, 2012, 6:35 pm
Thanks for sharing Melania! You cannot currently send a star to Melania because you have done so within the last week.
 

Rock H. (254)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 6:09 pm
Although this Fox News interview is few days old (from November 21, 2012), however it's worth watching it again.

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com
 

Bill K. (14)
Monday November 26, 2012, 4:27 am
yes we should fear super bugs coming from animal agriculture Lloyd. most of the major diseases like scarlet fever, measles, mumps... also originated from the close association between humans and animals kept in cramped confinement. today's factory farms make this type of transmission of a new super bug (between animals and from animal to human) more likely. that's the reason factory farms saturate their animals with antibiotics.
 

JL A. (276)
Monday November 26, 2012, 9:22 am
Thanks for providing the historical perspective Bill in response to Lloyd's comment--it added to all of our understanding of this issue.
 
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