Urgent Action: Say No to Use of Antibiotics on Farm Animals
The Humane Society of the United States’ director of public health, Dr. Michael Greger, explains, “Farm animals today are sick — these are sick and diseased chickens, pigs, fish, and cows, producing diseased and bacteria-laden flesh and pus-filled milk that even industry standards call ‘unhealthful.’”
Instead of improving conditions for farm animals so that they don’t get sick, factory farmers use massive amounts of antibiotics — drugs that keep the animals alive and growing in filthy conditions that might otherwise kill many of them. Remarkably, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration more than 80 percent of all antibiotics used in the United States are fed to farm animals.
Not only is this system horrible for animals, but some of the drugs used on farm animals are “dual use,” meaning that they are also used to treat sick human beings. There is extensive evidence to indicate that the use of these drugs on animals leads to superbugs that won’t be killed when these drugs are prescribed for human use.
The Humane Society of the United States concludes their report on this issue: “[A]n expert on antibiotics at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy warned that ‘we’re sacrificing a future where antibiotics will work for treating sick people by squandering them today for animals that are not sick at all.’”
Using the form below, please contact your representative and senators and ask that they co-sponsor and vigorously support the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA).
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Please Support Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA)
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