An estimated 80 percent of all antibiotics sold in the United States are destined for use by the livestock industry. As a result, we humans are facing a rising level of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Such a situation renders the use of antibiotics for treatment of common illnesses and diseases useless and leads to super bacteria that can easily kill their host.
Several states and the Federal government are seeking to remedy this potentially dangerous situation by introducing bills that would ban the use of antibiotics in animals destined for slaughter for other than the medically necessary needs of the animal. These laws will protect both farmed animals in the way they are raised for food and humans who eat animal products.
The reason antibiotics are used so liberally in factory farmed animals is due to the unsanitary and crowded facilities animals are forced to live in before they are slaughtered. If we clean up our act in the farm yard, we won’t need antibiotics to keep food animals healthy. If we reduce the amount of antibiotics used in the farming industry, we then have better control over their use for human health and well being.
For these reasons, we encourage residents of the following states to contact their state legislators and urge them to support bills that would ban the use of antibiotics in factory farmed animals destined for slaughter for other than the medically necessary needs of the animal. Additionally, we urge everyone to contact your Federal representatives and urge them to support HR 1150, the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2013.