Congress: End the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms

antibioticsThe superbugs are coming, and they're being bred on factory farms.

It's become a common practice on factory farms to feed livestock regular, low doses of antibiotics even when they're not sick, in part because their living conditions are so horrifyingly unhealthy. The problem is that some bacteria survive these low doses, and over time, they become resistant to antibiotics...even the antibiotics that we use to treat diseases in humans.

These antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" pose a serious threat to human health. You can help stop them by telling Congress to put an end to using medically important antibiotics on healthy livestock.

Please sign the petition below. We'll deliver your signature directly to your members of Congress.

Learn more about antibiotics on factory farms

Antibiotics are critical tools in human medicine; however, these life-saving drugs are losing their effectiveness. Over time, bacteria can develop resistance to antibiotics and then pass their new resistant traits on to the next generation. Our existing antibiotics may not work against new strains of resistant bacteria, which can make people sick. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a growing public health threat, and industrial agriculture is making the problem worse.

Factory farms are the biggest user of antibiotics. They use antibiotics not only to treat sick livestock, but commonly feed low doses of antibiotics it all their animals to compensate for unhealthy conditions. This practice, called nontherapeutic use, involves much lower levels of antibiotics than are needed to effectively kill off bacteria, allowing resistant bacteria to thrive and become even more resistant over time. These new super-bugs can spread from farm animals to humans via food, animal-to-human transfer on farms and through contaminated waste entering the environment.

Check out this infographic to see how factory farms are helping to breed antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

You can read more in our report: Antibiotic Resistance 101: How Antibiotic Misuse on Factory Farms Can Make You Sick.

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Petition to U.S. Congress

Pass PAMTA/PARA to ban unnecessary antibiotics use in livestock 

I urge you to pass the bill to stop the use of unnecessary antibiotics in livestock -- HR 1150, the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA) and S 1256, the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act (PARA). This bill would ban medically important antibiotics (the medicines that we rely on to treat our loved ones when they get sick) from being used for unnecessary "sub-therapeutic" purposes in livestock.

Right now, factory farms across the country are routinely giving their livestock low doses of antibiotics, even when they aren't sick. This practice is directly leading to the creation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that could become a serious human health threat when our antibiotics stop working to treat them.

Please pass PAMTA to protect the effectiveness of our antibiotics and prevent the creation of dangerous new resistant bacteria.

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