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Tell Congress: The USDA Must Restore its Animal Welfare Database

UPDATE 2/17/2017: On Feb. 17, USDA announced that it would post a small number of documents online. However, the agency should restore the entire database—and we won't stop working until it does. Read the full update here.

On Feb. 3, without warning, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shut down its publicly available animal welfare database, known as the Animal Care Information System. This will make it harder to find out how animals are used in laboratories and whether those facilities are complying with federal law. The Physicians Committee and a coalition of organizations have filed a lawsuit in federal court, but we need your help on Capitol Hill. Please contact your members of Congress today.

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  • Your representatives in the United States Senate and House of Representatives


Ask USDA to Restore the Animal Care Information System

Dear [Decision Maker],

Recently, the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service shut down public access to the Animal Care Information Service, an online database that allowed taxpayers to track the agency's enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act. Built in to the database's structure were provisions that ensured the protection of personal privacy. Numerous organizations interested in open government, animal protection, research transparency, and consumer protection have spoken out against the database shutdown.

Please ask the USDA to restore the Animal Care Information System.

Thank you for your attention to this important issue.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]


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