Almost 80 percent of antibiotics sold in the United States are given to food animals. Factory farms indiscriminately use these antibiotics with healthy pigs, chickens and beef cattle, not to treat sick animals but to force animals to grow to market weight and compensate for the crowded, filthy conditions in which the animals live.
But this routine overuse of antibiotics creates virulent "super bugs," bacteria resistant to known drugs. Illnesses caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria kill 70,000 Americans every year.
FACT has sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, supports the passage of federal legislation, and works tirelessly to stop drug abuse on farms. Now we're going straight to the top and need your help!
With more Americans becoming ill from bacteria untreatable with common antibiotics, we must end this practice threatening the very viability of these drugs needed to treat sick people and animals. Urge President Obama today to end antibiotic overuse in food animals!
Dear President Obama:
We urge you to protect our families' health by ending the overuse of antibiotics in food producing animals.
It is estimated that 80 percent of antibiotics sold in the United States each year are used in CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations), added to the feed of animals that are not sick. A mounting body of scientific evidence links this practice to the rise in antibiotic-resistant diseases in humans, including those caused by Salmonella, Campylobacter, and MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). Effective antibiotics are also essential to treatment of sick animals.
Antibiotic resistance means that patients suffer longer illnesses and pay higher medical costs, and doctors are left with a dwindling arsenal of drugs to fight disease. In addition, by misusing antibiotics, CAFOs are squandering these drugs -- once hailed as medical miracles -- for use by future generations.
Your leadership on this critical public health matter is essential. Please take action and immediately end drug abuse on farms.
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