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Oregon: End the Use of Nontherapeutic Antibiotics by Livestock Producers

Oregon: End the Use of Nontherapeutic Antibiotics by Livestock Producers

Name: Prohibiting Routine Use of Antibiotics in Food Producing Animals

Bill Number: HB 2396/SB 785

More than 99% of food-producing animals in the United States 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 that the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture has led to an increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria in humans.

HR 2396 and SB 785 would prohibit the routine use of medically-important antibiotics in food-producing animals without the recommendation of a licensed veterinarian. In cases where a licensed veterinarian finds that it is necessary to administer a medically important antibiotic to certain animals, the veterinarian would be required to specify an end date for the administration of the drug.

Learn more about the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture.

 

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

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to ask your support for legislation, HB 602 and SB 422, which would preserve the effectiveness of medically-important antibiotics used for the treatment of human and animal diseases. Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated the growing ineffectiveness of antibiotic medications used in 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 and to promote increased growth and production, the cost to the public is great, both from an animal welfare and a human health perspective. This measure would prohibit the routine use of medically-important antibiotics in food-producing animals without the recommendation of a licensed veterinarian. In cases where a licensed veterinarian finds that it is necessary to administer a medically-important antibiotic to certain animals, the veterinarian would be required to specify an end date for the administration of the drug.

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

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