Last week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) abruptly removed from its website inspection reports and other information about the treatment of animals at dog breeding operations and other facilities regulated under the federal Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act.
These records from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) expose abuse and mistreatment — including shocking conditions in many puppy mills — that would otherwise remain hidden. Numerous organizations, agencies, journalists, animal welfare advocates and citizens have accessed this data for years in order to protect animals, report findings, and hold abusers accountable.
Animal Humane Society is joining other animal welfare organizations in urging its supporters to tell the federal government to restore public access to these records on its website as soon as possible.
The USDA stated their decision did not require a public hearing or public input, but they are accepting comments.
You may email and/or call the USDA at the contacts below to express your concern about the removal of animal welfare data from the APHIS website and ask that the decision be reversed.
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You may also contact your U.S. Senators and U.S. House Representative. Tell them that you disagree with the decision to remove animal welfare data from the APHIS website and request they contact the USDA and ask them to review and reverse its decision.
Find out who represents you in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives using the MN District Finder. Make sure you contact your U.S. Senator or U.S. House Representative as this involves federal not state activity.
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