I posted on this two or so weeks ago: A petition has been put up on the We The People citizen-participation page of the White House site, asking for regulation over antibiotic use in agriculture.
It’s been up three weeks now and has 13,581 signatures so far. Looks like the floor for consideration is 25,000 within a month. The month expires March 16.
Here’s the text:
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Protect our families’ health by ending the overuse of antibiotics in food producing animals.
Almost 80% of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are for food animals. Industrial farms routinely feed these drugs to the animals to promote growth and compensate for unsanitary and overcrowded conditions. This overuse creates antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can spread to humans and cause expensive, hard-to-treat illnesses.
In June 2010, the FDA issued draft recommendations on voluntary limits to this overuse—but we are still waiting for action.
With more Americans becoming ill with infections resistant to antibiotics, we must end this practice that threatens the viability of these miracle drugs.
Please sign this petition urging the Obama Administration to end antibiotic overuse in food animal production.