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Friday, May 30, 2014

Legislation to End Overuse of Antibiotics on Factory Farms

If you only sign one petition today, please sign this one.  Ask Congress to pass HR 1150, the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA); and S 1256, the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act (PARA). 

It's a start anyway.  I realize this doesn't have a snowball's chance in Hell of ever passing.  Congressional prostitutes actually putting public health and safety above the profits of their Factory Farm owners?  You'd be more likely to hear the skankiest street-corner hooker saying to a john:  Yuck!  You want me to do what???  No way!  I mean, I like you and all, but not in THAT way.

But we can dream.  Did you know:  Eighty percent of all antibiotics in America are being used on farms.  No, they're not being used so a sick person can treat a raging bacterial infection.  They're being used on factory farms so that livestock animals will be less likely to get sick from their overcrowded filthy conditions.

And we wonder why there are more and more hardy bacterial strains that can tolerate every antibiotic you throw at them.  Roughly 23,000 Americans die every year from untreatable antibiotic-resistant infections.  But hey, factory farm profits are higher than ever.

Again, here's the petition.

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Anonymous Jess said...

Quit eating living beings and there will be no need for this petition. Even if you give up meat once a week it helps. signed it anyway since you asked so nicely :)

May 30, 2014 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

Very true, Jess. Giving up eating animals once a week is a 14% reduction in the killing.

May 31, 2014 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess, Jerry: I agree completely. I'm not a vegetarian so I can't preach. But factory farms would vanish if everyone either stopped eating meat or -- this is more realistic -- at least reduced their meat consumption and bought meat from local family-owned farms whenever possible.

May 31, 2014 at 4:03 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Tom even just one day a week giving up the meat, like Jerry said, will help out. Instead of maybe Friday as a take out from the fast food places, do a pasta with all kinds of vegetables in it. You'll be helping the environment and you will also be eating really well and that will help your body also too :) I have managed to get the husband down to only three days a week eating meat. I had to do that gradually because he was a big meat eater.

June 2, 2014 at 6:41 PM  

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