This is a blog post encouraging you to be undecided. For now.
And in your indecision, I hope you will seek new and current information from many sides of an issue that has potential to be a significant food issue both legislatively and morally. The stakes are high, regardless of the attitude or beliefs you have now or may take on.
March 17, United States Representative from New York, Louise Slaughter introduced the “Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act” (PAMTA) in the House of Representatives. According to her office press release,
“The practice of over-using antibiotics in animal feed is certainly contributing to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria,” Rep. Slaughter added. “This legislation will play a critical role in protecting the integrity of our antibiotics and the health of all Americans.”
The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act would:
- Phase out the non-therapeutic use in livestock of medically important antibiotics;
- Require this same tough standard of new applications for approval of animal antibiotics;
- Does not restrict use of antibiotics to treat sick animals or to treat pets and other animals not used for food.
I encourage you to read the bill when it is formally introduced. As a comparison, similar bills were introduced last year and are located at the Library of Congress Website , as introduced in the House and also in the Senate.
The Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming is joining the American Medical Association, the World Health Organization, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, and countless others in working to protect human health by eliminating the misuse of antibiotics in food animals.