CLEVELAND — Cleveland city council is sending a message to the United States Congress.
Council passed a resolution Monday asking lawmakers to ban the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms.
The overuse of antibiotics on farm animals is linked to more antibiotic-resistant infections in humans.
“Eighty percent of all the antibiotics that are purchased in the United States, 80 percent don’t go to kids with an earache, don’t go to people with an infection, they’re going into our chickens, into our cows, into things that we eat,” Councilman Joe Cimperman said. “Into our vegetables and food stream and what’s happening is that our bodies are becoming less resistant to bacteria.”
Cleveland is one of the first cities in the nation to pass this kind of resolution.