Did you know that almost 80% of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are fed to food animals? Factory farms use these drugs on animals constantly, even when they’re not sick, to accelerate their growth and compensate for unsanitary and overcrowded conditions.

This overuse creates antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can spread to humans and cause hard-to-treat illnesses. If we want to keep antibiotics working for us, we have to stop allowing industrial farms to abuse them. We’ve already successfully used We the People, the White House’s Web-based citizen petition tool, to get a presidential response on puppy mills. Now we need your voice again:

Please join us in asking the Obama Administration to end antibiotic overuse in food animal production. Any petition that garners 25,000 digital signatures within 30 days of being posted is reviewed by White House officials, who issue an official email response to all signatories. The deadline to sign the antibiotic petition is March 16, and we have a long way to go to reach 25,000 signatures, so please add your name today! You will need to create an account and verify your email on the petition website, but the process is simple:

Step 1 – Visit WhiteHouse.gov to register.
Step 2 – You will receive a confirmation email; click the link in the email to confirm your registration.
Step 3 – Visit the antibiotics petition at http://wh.gov/0si and click “Sign This Petition.”

Thank you for taking the time to help farm animals and protect human health! Courtesy of http://www.aspca.org

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