Who Is USDA Protecting—Animals, or Abusers?

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Who Is USDA Protecting—Animals, or Abusers?

UPDATE:  On March 31, 2017, we delivered over 120,000 signatures of ASPCA supporters to the USDA urging the agency to restore unhindered online access to its animal welfare database. We want to thank everyone who spoke up to tell the USDA that the public won’t stand for this information blackout..
 

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.

 

UPDATE:  On March 31, 2017, we delivered over 120,000 signatures of ASPCA supporters to the USDA urging the agency to restore unhindered online access to its animal welfare database. We want to thank everyone who spoke up to tell the USDA that the public won’t stand for this information blackout.


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.

 

UPDATE:  On March 31, 2017, we delivered over 120,000 signatures of ASPCA supporters to the USDA urging the agency to restore unhindered online access to its animal welfare database. We want to thank everyone who spoke up to tell the USDA that the public won’t stand for this information blackout.
 

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.
 

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