- Bernadette JuarezDeputy Administrator of APHIS
- Kevin SheaAdminstrator of APHIS
- Gil HardenAssistant Inspector General for Audit at USDA
- Mike YoungActing Secretary of Agriculture
Demand that the USDA Restore Its Puppy Mill Inspection Database
On February 3, 2017, the USDA barred the public from viewing its online database of licensed dog and cat breeding facilities. The USDA also terminated public access to the inspection reports of those facilities. We are demanding that the USDA reverse these decisions.
Without a database, the public cannot easily discover if a dog or cat breeder has been abusing animals at their facility. This allows unscrupulous breeders and pet shops to deceive consumers and keep harming animals, outside of public scrutiny.
Many cities and states regulate or ban the sale of puppy mill animals, but without timely access to the USDA’s information they cannot properly enforce their laws. Municipalities that wish to enact similar regulations also need USDA reports when determining if their local pet shops use puppy mill breeders who violate the Animal Welfare Act.
Here is the USDA’s official statement on their change of policy: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalwelfare/enforcementactions
Please sign the petition today, demanding a return to transparency and an immediate reversal of this action.
- Deputy Administrator of APHIS
- Adminstrator of APHIS
- Assistant Inspector General for Audit at USDA
- Acting Secretary of Agriculture
- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
I demand that the USDA restore its online database of regulated entities on the APHIS website. The USDA must also make its records of Animal Welfare Act inspection reports and violations publicly accessible on its website again. These are taxpayer-funded documents, which are regularly requested and needed by the public in a timely manner.
Without a database, the public cannot easily discover if licensed facilities have been violating the Animal Welfare Act. This allows unscrupulous facilities and pet shops to deceive consumers, and it permits USDA-licensed facilities to mistreat animals outside of public scrutiny.
Many cities, counties, and states regulate or ban the sale of commercially bred animals, but without timely access to the USDA’s information, they cannot properly enforce their laws. Municipalities that wish to enact similar regulations also need USDA reports to determine if their local pet shops use breeders who violate the Animal Welfare Act. The public should not have to use lengthy Freedom of Information Act procedures to access reports.
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