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Sponsored by: Humane Society of the United States

For animal welfare advocates and the public, it is now far more challenging to know whether animals are being properly cared for in research labs, puppy mills, zoos, circuses, aquariums and Tennessee walking horse shows.

On February 3, in a move that undermines governmental transparency, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) abruptly purged its website of documents and records about the approximately 9000 animal-related facilities inspected by the agency and covered under the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act.

"What the USDA has done is given cover to people who neglect or harm animals and get cited by USDA inspectors," said John Goodwin, who runs the Stop Puppy Mills Campaign at The Humane Society of the United States. "The public is no longer going to be able to quickly learn which commercial dog breeders, horse trainers, which roadside zoos, which research labs have horrible animal welfare track records."

Animals held in research facilities and puppy mills are not accessible to the public and these USDA records are essential for efforts to ensure that these dogs, monkeys, and rabbits are receiving basic care. These documents are the product of taxpayer dollars and there is no reason the agency should not post these regularly requested public records online. We have a right to see them without unnecessary and time-consuming bureaucratic delays.

For the sake of countless innocent creatures, we must raise our voices loud and clear to put pressure on the USDA now. Sign this urgent petition today! Demand that the USDA stop covering for abusers and make records of animal welfare violations publicly accessible on its website again.

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Petition Signatures


Aug 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 23, 2017 Marion Weston
Aug 23, 2017 Alisa Daniels
Aug 23, 2017 Sharon Kirk
Aug 23, 2017 Courtney Williams
Aug 22, 2017 Sherry Wade
Aug 22, 2017 Maria Guevara
Aug 22, 2017 Cindy Potter
Aug 22, 2017 Eva Arnold
Aug 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) The use of these devices are a violation of law and should be discontinued immediately everywhere! There should be some compensation for the loss of this families puppy!
Aug 21, 2017 Susanna Pohto
Aug 20, 2017 Kathy Gillis
Aug 20, 2017 Chantelle Lovelace
Aug 20, 2017 Pegy Wilkey The ppl want records to be available to the public.
Aug 20, 2017 Janet Sullivan
Aug 20, 2017 TANYA GRUNTFEST
Aug 20, 2017 Melinda Lowery
Aug 20, 2017 Darla Mannhardt
Aug 20, 2017 drue cali
Aug 20, 2017 dumbzucker stupe
Aug 20, 2017 Cali Cheshelski
Aug 20, 2017 Regilyn Ewangan
Aug 18, 2017 Aida Ruiz
Aug 18, 2017 Jane Harrison
Aug 18, 2017 Sophia Lim
Aug 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2017 Victorine Shepard
Aug 18, 2017 DEANNA DURBIN
Aug 17, 2017 Joanne Martinez
Aug 17, 2017 Annie Stewart
Aug 17, 2017 Cheryl Crandall
Aug 16, 2017 Gertruida Wessels I know people don’t want to look at pictures or cruelty like this, but if everyone has the same idea of not wanting to know, we will not be able to help these poor animals. Please help us help those who cannot speak out for themselves by signing this pet
Aug 16, 2017 jackie schon
Aug 16, 2017 C. Scott
Aug 16, 2017 Deborah Hammond
Aug 16, 2017 Julie Reid
Aug 16, 2017 Mauricio Ross
Aug 16, 2017 Bonnie Bushnell
Aug 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2017 Marie Goodman
Aug 16, 2017 Eileen Bennett
Aug 16, 2017 Sandy Intarasut
Aug 16, 2017 Stacy Gold
Aug 16, 2017 Rodica Ardelean
Aug 16, 2017 Ada Novero
Aug 16, 2017 Michelle Veckerelli
Aug 16, 2017 Jenny Fortsch
Aug 16, 2017 Megan McFatter
Aug 16, 2017 Monica Bertoia

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