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.