- On March 9, 2017
The new administration in Washington is not yet two months old, but there have been a spate of moves by federal agencies on matters concerning animals. Several of these don’t appear to bode well. One such action was the removal — without any announcement or explanation — of all government inspection reports under the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act from the USDA website. This in effect removed all transparency concerning the regulation of businesses and universities engaged in the use of animals. The regulated parties ranged from dog breeders to those using animals in laboratories to those involved in the illegal practice of soring in the Tennessee Walking horse industry.
Ani B. Satz , an Emory University law professor who specializes in animal law, expressed many of the things on the minds of animal advocates in a piece published by CNN. As Satz notes, a number of concerned parties rely on these reports, and in several instances, inspected entities have endorsed the push to restore the documents removed from the USDA website, in the interest of transparency and building public trust.
Satz relied on comments by Wayne Pacelle concerning a 2009 court order that required the publication by USDA of certain laboratory data on its website. The agency has continued to restore records as individuals and organizations extend the pressure campaign against the USDA’s decision.
Read the full article on CNN.com.