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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


Jul 22, 2017 Floyd Grant
Jul 22, 2017 diane applin
Jul 21, 2017 Marci Turner
Jul 21, 2017 Dawn Bundschuh
Jul 21, 2017 Linda Beach
Jul 21, 2017 Carla Sousa de Brito
Jul 21, 2017 Linda Haines
Jul 21, 2017 Hanna Kemink
Jul 21, 2017 Kristal Wallace Stop hiding records!! Animal abusers should be known!! They most likely will harm again!! Stop keeping secrets and expose these cruel people so they can be stopped!!
Jul 21, 2017 astrid bogaerts
Jul 20, 2017 Karen Freedman
Jul 20, 2017 sylvie cousineau
Jul 20, 2017 Jack Middour
Jul 20, 2017 Mark Donnelly
Jul 19, 2017 Dean Bateman
Jul 19, 2017 Julie Tidball
Jul 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2017 Alexandr Yantselovskiy
Jul 19, 2017 Charmaine McCarroll
Jul 19, 2017 Melanie Look
Jul 18, 2017 Joke Haan
Jul 18, 2017 Pamela Benton
Jul 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2017 (Name not displayed) I currently am fostering a dog that has DM and lupus. The breeder did no testing and since she is a foster we don't know what other conditions that she or her parents had to endure. By allowing the records to be hidden, we are allowing horrible abuse.
Jul 18, 2017 JIMMY RIVERA
Jul 18, 2017 Donna roach
Jul 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2017 Patricia Lewis
Jul 17, 2017 Eva Sandhammar
Jul 16, 2017 nana kuloshvili
Jul 15, 2017 Desari Erickson
Jul 15, 2017 Gloria J Howard USDA, stop covering for abusers and make records of animal welfare violations publicly accessible on its website again!!!!
Jul 15, 2017 Paula Pickett
Jul 15, 2017 Josephine Ansaldo-Nixon
Jul 14, 2017 Roxanne Hewitt
Jul 14, 2017 Kathy Korb
Jul 14, 2017 Kim Czachur
Jul 14, 2017 Deborah Holland
Jul 14, 2017 Tuleen Stewart-Brown
Jul 14, 2017 Lydia Klimczuk
Jul 14, 2017 nella crosiglia
Jul 12, 2017 jocalynn Lambert
Jul 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2017 Mitch Phillips
Jul 11, 2017 Jillian Hoover Why would the USDA purge their website of this info if not to keep it hidden from the general or specific population/group. There is no justifying this action, it may be legal but not ethical. If there is no problem or nothing to hide, then release it all
Jul 11, 2017 Bonnie Spangenberg
Jul 10, 2017 Michelle Dumar
Jul 10, 2017 Jacky Kusterer
Jul 10, 2017 Amy Knepper
Jul 10, 2017 Siouxzi Foxxen

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