LULAC Galveston Council #151 Donated 100 Antibiotic-Free Turkeys to The Children's Center Inc. of Galveston, TexasDecember 4, 2013
Contact: Paloma Zuleta, pzuleta at lulac.org, (202) 812-4477
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of LULAC's Super Madres Campaign, LULAC sponsored a national competition among its councils to see which council could collect the most signatures in support of legislation to regulate the use of antibiotics in animal food production. The competition provided that the winner would receive 100 antibiotic-free turkeys to donate to the charity of their choice.
LULAC is proud to announce that out of the many councils that participated, Galveston Council #151 collected the most signatures. The turkeys were delivered to The Children's Center, Inc., where they were distributed to needy families throughout the Galveston area. Collectively, the campaign has engaged over 1,400 individuals to send the message to Congress.
“The overuse of antibiotics in animal food production is a silent peril that is often overlooked in the Latino community, especially amongst farm workers," said LULAC National President Margaret Moran. "With the adaptation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, we are losing the capacity to treat infections in sick humans, which leaves the most vulnerable exposed to incurable bacterial infections."
Antibiotic resistance is a public health crisis which reportedly kills over 63,000 people every year. LULAC continues to urge Congress to pass legislation that regulates the use of antibiotics in meat and poultry production. If you want to sign the petition, please go to www.LULAC.org/antibioticspetition.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 900 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org.