Tell the USDA to Restore Public Access to Animal Welfare Data!
(From Borne Free) Did you see the coverage in The Dodo and National Geographic about the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s shocking decision to erase a huge amount of animal welfare information from its website? This information included years of records on zoos, circuses, puppy mills, and research labs that helped us hold abusers accountable. We won’t stand for this—and neither should you. CLICK HERE TO Write to the USDA now!
If you want the federal government to stop hiding animal cruelty, please sign this petition telling the USDA to make these taxpayer-funded documents public once again!
(From petition of Jessica Blome)
The public will no longer be able to learn about:
- Puppy mill inspection reports to assess living conditions–and risk of disease or injury–for commercially bred puppies sold online and in pet stores,
- Animal Welfare Act violations at roadside zoos and traveling circuses before deciding whether or not to take your children to see the elephants, lions, chimpanzees, and tigers kept there,
- Reports from larger entertainment companies like SeaWorld about how orcas, polar bears, and other animals are treated,
- Illegal actions in laboratories doing experiments on monkeys, dogs, and cats, and
- Behind-the-scenes abuse by horse trainers.
(PREVIOUSLY), any member of the public, including concerned consumers, law enforcement professionals, students and researchers, and nonprofit animal protection organizations, was able to access Animal Welfare Act records on the United States Department of Agriculture’s website. That’s no longer the case for information previously found on the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) database. The public’s only alternative is submitting a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to APHIS, which often takes months–if not years–to work through the system.
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