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Tell the U.S. Department of Agriculture: Restore the Animal Welfare Database

In February 2017, 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 made 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. Please contact USDA today.


  • Kevin Shea, Administrator, USDA APHIS


Restore the Animal Care Information System

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to urge you to restore public access to the Animal Care Information Service, which allowed taxpayers to track your 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 restore the Animal Care Information System immediately.

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


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