by Catherine J. Frompovich, Activist Post:
The only microbiologist in the U.S. Congress, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) has introduced a bill, The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA) to impede the apparent abuse of animal husbandry using certain medically important antibiotics to fatten cattle for market or in animal feed as normal ‘supplementation’.
According to Rep. Slaughter,
My legislation would save eight critical classes of antibiotics from being routinely fed to healthy animals and would reserve them only for sick humans and sick animals. Right now, we are allowing the greatest medical advancement of the 20th century to be frittered away, in part because it’s cheaper for factory farms to feed these critical drugs to animals rather than clean up the deplorable conditions on the farm. [CJF emphasis added]
Nice work, if you can accomplish it. Probably, Big CAFO, or “Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations,” lobbyists will be all over this one to prevent it from becoming law.
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