Tell Congress to Protect Public Health, Not Animal Factories

Antibiotic resistance is a real, growing problem. Infections that were easily treated with antibiotics 50 years ago can now result in serious illness and even death. The routine feeding of antibiotics to food animals creates drug-resistant superbugs, which can spread to humans by eating meat, poultry, and eggs, and through environmental exposure.

Animal factories rely on antibiotics, antimicrobials, and other drugs to accelerate animal growth rates and prevent them from getting sick while housed by the thousands in cramped conditions ripe for breeding disease.

The overuse of these pharmaceuticals greatly compromises public health, as their consistent use in livestock selects for antibiotic-resistant superbugs that are infecting humans at an alarming rate. In human medicine, antibiotic use is generally confined to treatment of illness. Yet, an estimated 70 percent of antibiotics produced in the United States—nearly 13 million pounds per year, more than four times the amount used to treat illness in people—are used in animal factories for animals that aren’t even sick, without any requirement for veterinary consultation or prescription. Instead, the feed farmers buy often has antibiotics blended right in, or they simply add antibiotics to the water.

The use of pharmaceuticals artificially props up animal factories, facilitating the production of cheap meat and dairy that not only fails to deliver nutritional quality, but in fact puts public health at serious risk.

Tell Congress to keep antibiotics working! Urge your Senators and Representative to support the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act.

Subject: Support PAMTA, DATA and the Antimicrobial Data Collection Act

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