Why focus on animal use of antibiotics?

Why do SB 607 and HB 829 focus on addressing the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture? Take a look at the numbers (reflected in the graphs below).

Change in antibiotic prescriptions for humans per capita between 2009-2013: –6%

Change in antibiotics sold for use in animals between 2009-2014: +23%

Percent of all medically important antibiotics sold that are sold for use in animals: 70%

Focusing on just human use of antibiotics ignores the vast majority of antibiotics sold for use in this country. In fact, human use is stagnant, while animal use is exploding.

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