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14 April 1999 Issue
Humane Society Sues Food and Drug Administration Over Animal Antibiotic

WASHINGTON, April 1 (Reuters) - The Humane Society of the United States
(HSUS) , the largest animal protection group in the United States, sued the
federal government on Thursday in an effort to curtail the use of antibiotics in
farm animals.

In the lawsuit, the group asked the Food and Drug Administration to stop
farmers from using antibiotics to fatten farm animals.

The group argued that letting farmers use antibiotics to promote growth was
contributing to the problem of "superbugs," bacteria that can infect animals
and people and resist treatment. Adding antibiotics to animal feed is a common
practice, even though scientists are not sure why it helps livestock grow.

An FDA official said the agency would review and respond to the Humane
Society's lawsuit.

The FDA is studying whether to limit antibiotic use in farm animals to protect
humans from superbugs. The agency is taking public comments on the issue
until Tuesday. [Editor's note: The time for requested public comments has
lapsed, but that shouldn't stop anyone from commenting anyway.]

Makers of animal drugs support monitoring superbugs but oppose broad limits
on animal drug use.

The Humane Society said it supports using antibiotics to treat diseases in farm
animals. But it does not think the drugs should be "squandered" just to make
animals grow faster, said Melanie Adcock, vice president for Farm Animals and
Sustainable Agriculture.

For further information, please see:

http://www.hsus.org/whatnew/antibiotics.html 

HSUS e-mail: hsus-webmaster@hsus.org 

Source for this article: World Animal Net http://worldanimal.net 

To Comment to the FDA: http://www.fda.gov/comments.html

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