McDonald's - Help Save Antibiotics
“If we're not careful, the medicine chest will be empty when we go there, to look for a life-saving antibiotic for someone with a deadly infection... If we’re not careful we will soon be in a post-antibiotic era. And, in fact, for some patients and some microbes, we are already there.” – Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Antibiotics are a miracle of modern medicine. Yet, more than 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the United States are used in livestock and poultry operations, which routinely mix huge quantities of antibiotics into the feed for healthy animals. This practice increases the likelihood that all kinds of bacteria will develop resistance to antibiotics, meaning our life-saving medicines won't work.
According to the CDC, more than 2 million Americans get sick from antibiotic-resistant infections each year, and 23,000 people die. As one of the largest purchasers of meat in the world, McDonald’s has tremendous power to change the food market and put an end to this dangerous practice.
Please urge McDonald's to stop the purchase of meat raised with the routine use of antibiotics.