USDA scrubs inspection reports from its website

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 10:24am

On Friday, February 3rd, the USDA removed inspection reports and other data about the treatment of animals at thousands of zoos, research labs, 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. 

“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.

Statement from USDA

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