SF EventThe tune was Jingle Bells, but the lyrics weren’t quite the same:

Trader Joe’s, Trader Joe’s
We want meat without drugs
Antibiotics on the farm
Lead to superbu—uugs!

Trader Joe’s, Trader Joe’s
Come on – see the light
Take a stand for human health
Its time to do what’s right

Christmas carolers joined Meat Without Drugs campaign mascot Joe the Pig today in front Trader Joe’s new store in the Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco to help deliver a message from consumers (and pigs) everywhere: no more meat on drugs.

But pig snouts, Santa hats and Hawaiian shirts aside, the message is a serious one in our quest to see Trader Joe’s end the sale of meat raised on antibiotics.

“We’ve got to stop the routine use of antibiotics in healthy food animals which promotes dangerous superbugs and threatens public health,” said Elisa Odabashian, Director of CU’s west coast office. “Trader Joe’s should stop selling meat raised with antibiotics to help end this reckless practice.”

Partners from Natural Resources Defense Council and Physicians for Social Responsibility also came to help deliver the message:

“Antibiotics are a critical tool in medicine but many of them are losing their power to treat people,” said Dr. Robert Gould of UCSF and President of the SF-Bay Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility. “The continued misuse of antibiotics in industrial food animal production is contributing to drug-resistant pathogens that can cause serious, difficult to treat illnesses and even death.”

“NRDC took FDA to court to compel it to limit antibiotic use on factory farms and won – twice,”  said Avinash Kar, health attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).   ”Unfortunately, the agency has failed to take real action.  We’ll continue to do everything we can to make sure that the Agency abides by the court’s orders.  But we also need to act as consumers and demand that businesses make the changes necessary to ensure that our meat is produced without antibiotics.”

Help tell Trader Joe’s to lead the way this holiday season and take a stand for public health by ending the sale meat raised with antibiotics.    We make it easy with our Joe the Pig holiday postcard to TJ’s CEO Dan Bane.   Sign one now, and we’ll send one to Trader Joe’s in your name!