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Stop the Use of Nontherapeutic Antibiotics by Livestock Producers

Stop the Use of Nontherapeutic Antibiotics by Livestock Producers

Name: Preservation of Antibotics for Medical Treatment Act/Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act

Bill Number: HR 1587/S 629

More than 99% of food-producing animals are raised in overcrowded and unsanitary industrial facilities that regularly administer antibiotics for nontherapeutic purposes. This is done both to keep the animals from spreading diseases as well as to promote increased growth and production. Scientific studies have shown, however, that the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture has led to an increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria in humans.

The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act, HR 1587, and the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act, S 629, would preserve the effectiveness of medically-important antibiotics by requiring manufacturers of antibiotics intended for use in livestock to show that the drugs will not ultimately harm humans. It would also require that medically-important drugs be administered only to treat specific microbial diseases, and not for preventative purposes or to promote faster growth in the animals.

Learn more about the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture.

 

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Please Put an End to the Overuse of Antibiotics by the Livestock Industry

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for legislation, HR 1587 and S629, which would preserve the effectiveness of medically-important antibiotics used in the treatment of human and animal diseases.

Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated the growing ineffectiveness of antibiotic medications used for the treatment of human infections. This ineffectiveness is in part attributed to the overuse of antibiotics for non-therapeutic purposes in food-producing animals. This overuse has contributed to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or "super bugs," that threaten to undo advancements in modern medicine by rendering human infections that are commonly treated by antibiotics untreatable in the future.

While livestock producers use these antibiotics to prevent the spread of disease from animals kept in unsanitary and overcrowded conditions, the cost to the public is great, both from an animal welfare and a human health perspective. This measure would place the burden on the manufacturers of antibiotics intended for use in livestock to show that the drugs will not ultimately harm humans. It will also require that medically-important drugs be administered only to treat specific microbial diseases, and not for preventative purposes or to promote faster growth in the animals.

In 2014, the FDA released a directive consisting of voluntary requests to limit the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics, but this plan has been largely unsuccessful. Only a mandate by the federal government will succeed in protecting the future use of antibiotics for human health.

I hope that you will give your full support to the passage of this measure before the end of the current legislative session. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]