CLE Passes Resolution Against Factory Farm Antibiotics

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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.


  • ziggy

    Forget about the soaring murder rates, scrap thieves blowing up our neighborhoods for wine money, pitiful school system and terrible condition of our infrastructure, what do the double-dipping bottom-feeders concentrate on???? Passing meaningless legislation that can’t have an effect on anything.

  • Kathy

    Ziggy –

    This is not a “meaningless legislation that can’t have an effect on anything”, this effects our health and the well being of animals.

  • Kathy

    And this is a great idea to ban the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms. And to go even further — how about banning the abuse on factory farms as well.

  • S Brad

    I agree with the legislation, however, the impact on factory farms will not be realized as there are probably little or no factory farms in this jurisdiction. It is meaningless to pass for CLE since its major tax base is still on the industrial scale. Maybe other municipal areas will jump onboard…but if not, there will be no impact. IMHO

  • chris

    How many factory farms are in Cleveland? This was a waste of time and money. “Feel good” legislation with no backing or real meaning. Besides, if it weren’t for modern farming techniques we wouldn’t be eating or feeding the world the way we do. How bout the councilman concentrate on the ridiculous high murder rate and corrupt police force!

  • mike

    Ziggy is right. This is meaningless for two reasons. Not many factory farms in cleveland(low repercussions for council) and two, it is only asking congress to do something, not actually creating meaningful legislation. They are only trying to make the constituents feel good about voting for them. Useless.

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