A U.S. Senator has introduced the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act, which would phase out the routine non-therapeutic use of these drugs in farm animals.

According to the Humane Society Veterinary Association, antibiotics are routinely laced into the feed and water to promote growth and to keep animals alive in unhealthy and inhumane conditions on industrial factory farms. Animal agriculture accounts for more than 70 percent of total sales of medically important antibiotics in the United States, according to figures from the HSVA.

The bill was introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who was joined by a bipartisan group of cosponsors.

“We commend Senator Feinstein and the cosponsors of this important legislation for working to rein in the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture,” Michael Blackwell, an HSVMA Leadership Council member and former deputy director for the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, said in a press release. “We cannot afford to continue the reckless practices that jeopardize the viability of these precious tools for human and animal health.”

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