Monday, November 2, 2009

Pending Legislation Needs Our Support

A message from the ASPCA arrived in my email box recently that deserves attention, so here's a quick post....

It's no secret that CAFO's and large poultry producers routinely pump their animals full of antibiotics, even when they're not sick. This is because they're raised and housed in such close quarters and deplorable, inhumane conditions that it's virtually impossible for them to stay healthy. Disease runs rampant. (That's why we support organic, pastured, humanely raised food sources.)

Beyond making the right food choices and putting our money where our mouths are, here's something else we can do: support the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act.

According to the ASPCA: "Championed for over 10 years by the late Senator Edward Kennedy, the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA) is a federal bill that would phase out the common practice of constantly feeding antibiotics to food animals when they aren’t sick. Therefore, curbing the use of antibiotics may prove to be an incentive to raise animals using more humane and sustainable methods. This is not only an animal welfare issue, however: it is also an issue of human health. Scientists agree that the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture is contributing to the increase in antibiotic-resistant human diseases. These illnesses are especially costly and difficult to treat."



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey Lisa,
As you said this is not just an issue of food purity and humane treatment, it's an issue of food safety. Unhealthy chickens and antibiotic resistant viruses are a scary new reality. This is a no-brainer. I hope everyone takes the time to support the bill.

Thanks for the heads up!
Mary Ann