The United States Department of Agriculture has taken a bold and unprecedented action to protect animal abusers. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has removed all public records of animals kept in facilities such as laboratories and zoos, along with records of violations of the Animal Welfare Act. These records, formerly public information, are now only available through costly and time-consuming Freedom of Information Act requests.
Much of this formerly public information concerns taxpayer-funded labs; it's the right of all of our citizens to know what is being done with their money. Even more importantly, these reports have brought to light some of the most egregious offenses occurring against animals in the United States. A 2012 article in the Boston Globe reported on welfare concerns and violations at a Harvard University laboratory, known as the New England Primate Research Center. At this lab, a primate was sent through a cage washing machine while still inside the cage, and was killed.
Without public access to APHIS's records, animal exploiters will truly be free to do anything they wish. Animal testing labs, puppy mills, roadside zoos, and other institutions such as SeaWorld and Ringling which are built on the exploitation and harm of animals will operate in secrecy and with impunity. Demand that public access to these records be restored!
Contact those responsible and let them hear you loud and clear!
1) Please call them!
The USDA at 1-844-820-2234 and ask the person you speak to for the USDA to put the animal welfare data back up on its website.
The White House comment line is shut down. This website will connect you to one of Trump's businesses to register your complaints.
USDA-APHIS-- Carol Clarke's office-- (301) 851-3751
APHIS Animal Welfare Center-- Nora Wineland's office-- 816-737-4200 (this goes straight to voicemail most of the time)
2) Submit our letter below to contact President Trump, along with Dr. Nora Wineland (the Director of APHIS's Center for Animal Welfare) and Dr. Carol Clarke (the Research Program Manager at APHIS), and demand that they protect our right to access this information!
(Valid street address is required - P.O. Boxes cannot be used*)
Reverse the Blackout at the USDA
Dear [Decision Maker],
Thank you,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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