Who Is USDA Protecting—Animals, or Abusers?

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Who Is USDA Protecting—Animals, or Abusers?

BREAKING NEWS:  On February 3, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) removed from its website documentation about thousands of animal-related facilities regulated by the Animal Welfare Act. These include zoos, breeding facilities and research labs. A searchable database of inspection reports for commercial dog breeders was purged, as well as information documenting enforcement actions taken against them.

Until now, the reports were available to anyone with internet access—and suddenly, they’re gone. This information is critical in our efforts to monitor puppy mills and advocate for increased protections for the animals who languish in them year after year.

Your tax dollars paid for these inspections, and there’s no reason this documentation should be hidden—unless the USDA is protecting cruel industries that genuinely have something to hide.

If you agree that this blackout is unacceptable, sign our petition to tell USDA to republish this information.

BREAKING NEWS:  On February 3, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) removed from its website documentation about thousands of animal-related facilities regulated by the Animal Welfare Act. These include zoos, breeding facilities and research labs. A searchable database of inspection reports for commercial dog breeders was purged, as well as information documenting enforcement actions taken against them.

Until now, the reports were available to anyone with internet access—and suddenly, they’re gone. This information is critical in our efforts to monitor puppy mills and advocate for increased protections for the animals who languish in them year after year.

Your tax dollars paid for these inspections, and there’s no reason this documentation should be hidden—unless the USDA is protecting cruel industries that genuinely have something to hide.

If you agree that this blackout is unacceptable, sign our petition to tell USDA to republish this information.

BREAKING NEWS:  On February 3, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) removed from its website documentation about thousands of animal-related facilities regulated by the Animal Welfare Act. These include zoos, breeding facilities and research labs. A searchable database of inspection reports for commercial dog breeders was purged, as well as information documenting enforcement actions taken against them.

Until now, the reports were available to anyone with internet access—and suddenly, they’re gone. This information is critical in our efforts to monitor puppy mills and advocate for increased protections for the animals who languish in them year after year.

Your tax dollars paid for these inspections, and there’s no reason this documentation should be hidden—unless the USDA is protecting cruel industries that genuinely have something to hide.

If you agree that this blackout is unacceptable, sign our petition to tell USDA to republish this information.