No more meat raised on antibiotics

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No more meat raised on antibiotics

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Diane Birmingham, R.N. started this petition to Trader Joe's

Working in health care for 35 years, I‘ve seen a lot of progress in how we treat illnesses. So it's alarming to see more and more recent instances where life-saving antibiotics no longer work.

Medical professionals are trying to rein in the overuse of these drugs in humans – but 80% of antibiotics in the US are actually used by the meat industry to make cows, pigs and poultry grow faster and survive filthy conditions.   We’re not going to get a handle on the growing problem of antibiotic resistance until meat producers stop misusing them in animals.

That’s why I’m taking a stand in Colorado today to protect our antibiotics, and I hope you will join me. Trader Joe’s is about to open three stores in the state (with plans in the works for more), and I’m asking the company to make a commitment to stop selling meat raised on antibiotics.

Sign my petition now, and show Trader Joe’s management that while Coloradans welcome them to our state, we want them to stop selling ANY meat raised on antibiotics. I will hand deliver your message in February when the new stores open in Boulder and Denver.

Many companies already have taken a stand against selling meat raised with reckless use of antibiotics -- national chains like Whole Foods, Panera and Chipotle have committed, and local businesses are moving in this direction, too. While TJ’s does offer some no-antibiotics meat, much of their beef, turkey and nearly all their pork come from supplies where “antibiotics are likely used.”

The CDC recently issued a report that laid out some startling statistics about the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. "Every time antibiotics are used in any setting, bacteria evolve by developing resistance. This process can happen with alarming speed…As in humans, it is important to use antibiotics in animals only when necessary to manage infections.”

We need companies like Trader Joe's to put down its foot and refuse to sell meat from animals routinely given antibiotics.  Please help me, and ask Trader Joe's to be a leader and protect your family’s health!

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