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Moms for Antibiotic Awareness


Moms for Antibiotic Awareness was created raise awareness across the country on the misuse and overuse of antibiotics in food animal production and to engage moms and those concerned about their family's health to take action for more judicious use of these drugs.  Working together, citizens, government, industry and public interest organizations have the tools to reduce overuse and misuse of antibiotics.


Participants in the Moms for Antibiotic Awareness campaign will encourage passage of legislation and regulation that would end the routine, non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in food animal production.  In addition, our moms will ask restaurants, supermarkets and other food providers to increase the amount of meat and poultry raised without these life-saving drugs.

Individuals can practice safe and effective use of antibiotics by only taking them when and as prescribed by a doctor.  The food animal industry can adopt cost-effective alternative hygienic strategies for preventing illness in animals and discontinue use of antibiotics in feed for growth promotion.  According to the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, more than three-quarters of moms polled favor, and more than half “strongly favor” federal regulations that would:


• Allow antibiotics to be used for treating sick animals, but eliminate the use of antibiotics to promote growth;
• Require food animal producers to submit annual reports to the FDA showing the amount and purpose of antibiotics used on their farms; and
• Require that any antibiotics used in treating food animals be prescribed and administered to the animals only by order of a veterinarian.  


Here are ways you can become involved with this important cause.


1.)  Join Moms for Antibiotic Awareness to advocate for phasing out the routine use of antibiotics in food animal production.  You can sign up at www.saveantibiotics.org/moms.
2.) Contact your member of Congress by sending a letter or visiting in person.  Click here to send an electronic letter.
·    3.)  Take action and tell the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to end the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in food animal production.

·    4.) Write a letter to the editor or other opinion pieces on this issue for your local newspaper.  Get tips here to to write letters to the editor.

·    5.)  Spread the word!  Tell a friend, write about this issue in a blog or have an antibiotic awareness gathering with friends.  You can share a link at www.saveantibiotics.org/moms/action.html. 

·     To stay up to date, visit them at Moms for Antibiotic Awareness, follow them on Twitter or like their Facebook.  


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