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Tell Congress: Stop the use of antibiotics in factory farms
The gross overuse of antibiotics on factory farms has led to the development of antibiotic-resistant "superbugs," sickening millions and even killing many Americans every year. We urge you to pass critical legislation to prevent antibiotic resistance and protect our public health.
Why is this important?
80% of all antibiotics in the United States are used to raise meat for human consumption, which has led to the rise of so-called "superbugs" -- human diseases that are resistant to antibiotic treatment.
This is one of the most serious public health issues facing our country today. Each year, 2 million Americans are infected and more than 23,000 die from antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
In my practice and in doctors offices across the country, antibiotic treatments are becoming less and less effective. In fact, nearly every major medical organization has called for ending the use of antibiotics in large-scale livestock production.
Two important bills to protect Americans from this public health catastrophe have been introduced in Congress, but Republican members of the US House, beholden to the most powerful food lobbyists and corporations like Monsanto, Tysons, Dow Chemical, and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, won't allow a vote on these critical bills.
These two pieces of legislation -- The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMPTA) and the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act (PARA) -- would stem the use of antibiotic treatment in factory farms and help prevent the problem from getting even worse.
Congress must take meaningful action now to stop the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria before it's too late.