Regarding the Sept. 13 Point of View “The meat of the matter on antibiotics”: Antibiotic resistance really is the urgent threat that The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it is. Ignoring it poses grave risks to human and animal health.
Federal legislation has been introduced in both the House (Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act) and the Senate (Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act). If passed, these bills would limit the use of medically important antibiotics in food animals to disease treatment and control in sick animals. It would also make it harder for farms to ignore problems caused by crowding, poor diets and unhealthy conditions because they could no longer expect to use antibiotics to prevent these. This legislation is a common-sense approach to protect both animal and human health from the spread of resistant bacteria.
North Carolina’s congressional delegation has the ability to help move these legislation pieces forward by cosponsoring them. With the exception of Rep. David Price, no one else in the delegation has yet to cosponsor either of these bills.
A major change in public policy is needed to keep antibiotics working and now is the time for these representatives and senators to act!
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Humane Farming Program Director, Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT)