The use of antibiotics in meat production is making life-saving drugs less effective. Our ability to fight off sepsis, urinary tract infections and tuberculosis is increasingly at risk.
It’s scary to think what will happen if we don’t reverse course, but now we have an opportunity that could force the industry to change.
Enter: McDonald's. As the largest fast food chain, McDonald's has tremendous sway on the meat industry.
Already public pressure forced the company to address antibiotics in the first place -- let’s keep piling on until it commits to removing antibiotics for good. Add your name, and share this with at least one friend — this will only work if we make this petition huge.
Tell McDonald's: stop using antibiotics in your meat.
This isn’t hyperbole. In 2019, antibiotic-resistant bacteria directly killed over 1.2 million people, including 35,000 Americans, and more than 3 million others died from diseases where antibiotic resistance played a role.
It’s true that animals sometimes do need antibiotics to fight infection, but the US meat industry is using these drugs as a preventative measure, not to fight one-off infections.
The Food and Drug Administration has shamefully refused to act on this important issue, and the industry won’t change unless it is forced to.
If the #1 fast food giant ditches antibiotics in its meat, it could inspire other chains to follow suit, and finally push the industry to change its tune.
Add your name and forward this to friends and family — as soon as our call is big enough to make a difference, we will launch an advocacy and media blitz on the company.
The Beet. 14 December 2022.
NRDC. 20 December 2022.
The Guardian. 21 November 2022.