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Third Annual Supermoms Against Superbugs Advocacy Day

On May 7, 2014, Pew's human health and industrial farming campaign held the third annual Supermoms Against Superbugs lobby day on Capitol Hill. Thirty-three Supermoms and Superdads called on the Obama administration and Congress to advance policies that would end the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in food animal production. Representing doctors, farmers, business owners, and parents, the Supermoms shared their personal stories with their congressional representatives.

In addition to the more than 30 advocacy meetings that were held, several Supermoms highlighted their experiences at a policy briefing in the Capitol Visitor Center. Two farmers, one of whom contracted an antibiotic-resistant infection after being gored by a boar, an infectious disease doctor practicing at a hospital that serves meat raised without antibiotics, and a mother who lost her son to a MRSA infection (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) all spoke about the need to curb the overuse of antibiotics, particularly in livestock.

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