Tell the USDA to stop protecting animal abusers

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After an outpouring of anger about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's abrupt decision to delete from its website inspection reports on some 9,000 licensed and registered facilities that use animals, the USDA reposted a batch of documents.

It's a step in the right direction toward transparency and upholding law. However, the USDA is uploading puppy mill inspection reports that have no names or license numbers on them and thus provide no helpful information to consumers who are trying to buy a pet from a clean, legal and humane facility.

Animals held in research facilities and puppy mills are shielded from public view, therefore these records are essential to ensure that these dogs and other animals are receiving basic care.

The USDA has a lot more to do here. Your voice is needed to ensure that these records are fully restored.

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Dear United States Department of Agriculture,

I was shocked and concerned to learn that all inspection reports on thousands of commercial dog breeding operators, Tennessee Walking horse show participants, roadside zoos, aquariums, circuses, research labs and other facilities regulated under the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and Horse Protection Act (HPA) were scrubbed from your website on February 3.

These reports are crucial to those of us who wish to protect animals from exploitation and abuse. Furthermore, they are the product of taxpayer dollars and there is no justifiable reason for these regularly requested public records to not be posted online.

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