New Poll Reveals Overwhelming Majority of Doctors Concerned About Antibiotics Use on Healthy Animals

What: Illinois PIRG, Consumers Union and local Northwestern and U of Chicago doctors will release a new Consumer Reports poll that points to overwhelming concern from doctors around the common meat industry practice of feeding antibiotics to healthy animals.

Where: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital
First Floor
225 E. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
– Media can enter on the Superior St. entrance

When: 10:00 AM
Thursday, October 23, 2014

1. Sameer Patel, MD MPH
Lurie Children’s Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, Director
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Assistant Professor

2. Susan Boyle-Vavra, PhD
University of Chicago MRSA Research Center, Director
Associate Professor, University of Chicago

3. Michael Hansen, PhD
Senior Staff Scientist, Consumers Union

4. Dev Gowda, JD
Campaign Director, Illinois PIRG’s End the Misuse of Antibiotics Campaign

Visuals: Local doctors in white coats; petition signatures of 7,000 health professionals to Obama administration

Dev Gowda, Illinois Public Interest Research Group (PIRG); 630-915-6025 (cell);
Naomi Starkman, Consumers Union; 917-539-3924 (cell);


Illinois Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) is a statewide consumer group that stands up to powerful interests whenever they threaten our health and safety, our financial security or our right to fully participate in our democratic society.

The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit

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