Federal Legislation

Federal: Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics by the Livestock Industry

Name: The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2013/ Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act of 2013
Number: HR 1150 and S 1256

The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act is an ongoing effort to preserve the effectiveness of medically important antibiotics used in the treatment of human and animal diseases. It has been recognized for many years that the overuse of antibiotics in animals results in human exposure to these antibiotics for those who eat meat. This has resulted in a growing resistance to those antibiotics by humans since the drugs used are many times the same drugs that are used to treat human infections.

The livestock industry uses antibiotics for non-therapeutic purposes in food-producing animals to keep animals from spreading disease given their overcrowded and unsanitary living conditions. Prohibiting the use of many of these drugs would require an improvement in living conditions in order to prevent and treat the outbreak of disease. It would also slow the growing resistance to antibiotics by the human population which has resulted in problems with MRSA—antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria which are very difficult to treat.

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