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#1 Old 02-04-2017, 09:37 PM
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USDA abruptly removes animal welfare information from its website

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday abruptly removed inspection reports and other information from its website about the treatment of animals at thousands of research laboratories, zoos, dog breeding operations and other facilities.

In a statement, the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service cited court rulings and privacy laws for the decision, which it said was the result of a "comprehensive review" that took place over the past year. It said the removed documents, which also included records of enforcement actions against violators of the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act, would now be accessible only via Freedom of Information Act Requests. Those can take years to be approved.

"We remain equally committed to being transparent and responsive to our stakeholders' informational needs, and maintaining the privacy rights of individuals with whom we come in contact," the statement said.

The records that had been available were frequently used by animal welfare advocates to monitor government regulation of animal treatment at circuses, scientific labs and zoos. Members of the public could also use the department's online database to search for information about dog breeders, as could pet stores. Seven states currently require pet stores to source puppies from breeders with clean USDA inspection reports, according to the Humane Society of the United States - a requirement that could now be impossible to meet.

Animal welfare organizations quickly condemned the removal of the information, which they called unexpected and said would allow animal abuse to go unchecked.
This is horrendous.

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Thanks for sharing this, Werewolf Girl

I hope this is not an indication of the way the current administration will compel food and health standards authorities to omit data that is "embarrassing" to the new government policies. As an animal activist, I'm appalled. Wonder if Peta has already picked up on it and is starting a fightback? I'll check with the European vegan forums I use to see if they are reacting.

If there are any developments, I'd be keen to follow them.


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No surprise given this was the same organisation who don't see rodents, birds and reptiles as "animals".
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