USA: Superbug Cases Are Exploding; And Factory Farm Use In Animals Is Pertly To Blame. Petition to Stop It Now.

More than half of all antibiotics sold and used in the United States do not go to treating people. Instead, they go to animal agriculture — where overuse of these drugs is now contributing to a huge upsurge in antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

Factory farmers regularly dole out antibiotics in livestock’s water and food supplies, as part of a general mission to prevent infections and death among their pig, foul, cow, and other animal populations. Preventing infections is a huge concern, because factory farmers lock these animals in filthy, feces-covered, overcrowded conditions where diseases can easily run rampant. While corporate farmers could solve this problem by improving facility conditions, they’d rather continue to pack animals as tight as possible to keep profits high. So instead they pump the animals full of antibiotics. This has already had disastrous consequences for human health.

The more our bodies and bacteria get used to the presence of antibiotics, the more those bacteria evolve and mutate to fight off our antibiotic medical treatments. And that means we have fewer and fewer ways to protect ourselves when we get sick. As a result, the number and intensity of superbugs in humans is exploding. MRSA, CRE, candida auris, strep, and others are plaguing more and more people — even young, healthy patients. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this superbug explosion has become even more dire. And these patients aren’t just becoming incredibly sick. Many of them are dying as these overused medicines become less and less effective.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has tried to help reduce antibiotic use in agriculture, but with limited success. That’s partially because it hasn’t set many hard, enforceable rules. Recently, it began requiring farmers to work with veterinarians to administer certain antibiotics that it deems “medically important” for human use. But as long as a vet is willing to sign off on the treatment, there’s not much enforcement in place to stop misuse.

Other, over-the-counter antibiotics don’t even require this cursory veterinary involvement — even though they can also contribute to superbug development! Animal agriculture is already killing captive, defenseless creatures. It’s killing the planet with horrendous greenhouse gas contributions. And now it’s killing humans, too, through incessant antibiotic use. The U.S. government must finally regulate the use of antibiotics in livestock, and stop our worsening superbug crisis. Sign the petition to protect our health!

Please sign the petition now to stop this:

petition: Superbug Cases Are Exploding, and Factory Farms Are Partially to Blame (thepetitionsite.com)

Regards Mark

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