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Ask your Senators to Co-sponsor the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act of 2013

Fruits and VeggiesIt’s time to stop the nontherapeutic use of antibiotics on factory farms. Ask your senators to become co-sponsors of the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act of 2013.

Please take a minute to ask your senators to support the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act of 2013. We have provided text for you, but if you decide to write your own message, please be polite and encouraging. Here are some talking points:

  • Please sign on as a co-sponsor of the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act of 2013 (S.1256), a bill that will protect human health by limiting the use of antibiotics in livestock.
  • Currently, 80 percent of all antibiotics sold in the United States each year are consumed by animals, with 70 percent administered to healthy animals routinely through feed.
  • This irresponsible use of antibiotics generates antibiotic-resistant bacteria which are largely untreatable and very dangerous to humans.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 2 million people contract resistant infections annually and, of those, 90,000 die. The Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences has estimated that the annual cost of treating antibiotic-resistant infections in the United States is $30 billion.
  • Please co-sponsor the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act of 2013 today to help end the epidemic of antibiotic-resistant infections. 

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Please co-sponsor the Preventing Antibiotic Resistant Act of 2013

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent, I am writing to urge you to co-sponsor the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act of 2013 (S. 1256), a bill to protect human health by limiting the use of antibiotics in livestock.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

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