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article imageCalifornia senate pushes bill to curb antibiotics in farm animals

By Kev Hedges     May 3, 2014 in Environment
Sacramento - The California State Senate has advanced a bill to restrict the use of antibiotics in farm animals. Farmers have been using antibiotics for growth enhancement, but now the bill will demand that the drugs be sold by prescription for medical reasons only.
California is the first state in the US to force such a bill. Factory farming has been the culprit in feeding farm animals like pigs, chickens, lambs and cattle antibiotics to keep the animals healthier and alive much longer. Years ago, warnings that using four times the amount of antibiotics on animals as we do on humans, would always lead to a disaster — and now it is beginning to.
What is happening now in America is that we are running out of effective pharmaceuticals to treat out of control super bugs, and it's all because the antibiotics used on farm animals has been too readily administered.
The bill mandates that antibiotics be prescribed by veterinarians for medical uses and that big pharma companies change labels for animal antibiotics to clearly state that they are to be sold only by prescription, reports Los Angeles Times.
However, the bill, championed by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin and state Senator Jerry Hill was weakened on Thursday after one part of the bill was withdrawn.
In December, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested that pharmaceutical companies, factory farmers, livestock and poultry producers tone down its use of antibiotics on farm animals. The California bill aims to make this recommendation possess more teeth, as public health professionals and people's interest groups have warned that humans are now resistant to life-saving drugs.
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