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Rep. Louise Slaughter (D–NY), the only microbiologist in
Congress, has introduced the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment
Act, which has been supported by organizations like the Union of Concerned
Scientists and the Center for Food Safety. The bill, HR 965, now has 74
cosponsors, but it has been stalled in the Subcommittee on Health since March
2011, and FDA has either been unable or unwilling to take substantive action on
The bill would ban the nontherapeutic use of antimicrobials
in animals, and would ban the use of even therapeutic antimicrobials unless it
can be demonstrated that there is “a reasonable certainty of no harm to human
health” due to the development of antibiotic drug resistance.
Please ask your representative to vote YES on the bill, and
ask your senators to introduce and support an identical bill in the Senate.
personalize your message if you have the time!)
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]