Breaking news: USDA tosses plan to allow third-party animal welfare inspections

By on May 25, 2018 with 6 Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has abandoned a disastrous proposal to outsource inspections of puppy mills, roadside zoos and research laboratories to third-party inspectors. If implemented, the proposal would have essentially allowed these industries to police themselves and severely undermined protections for millions of animals.

Many members of Congress weighed in strongly against the proposal, including a bipartisan set of 77 lawmakers led by Reps. Chris Smith, R-N.J., and Brendan Boyle, D-Pa., who wrote to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue opposing the agency’s plan. Our supporters were also highly engaged. Tens of thousands of you responded to our action alert, and many of you even testified before the USDA, letting the agency know that you do not approve of letting industry groups perform federal animal welfare inspections or determine which facilities warrant federal oversight.

Now that the USDA has taken this important step to preserve the integrity of the Animal Welfare Act, we urge the agency to do the same on transparency for the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act. The agency should fully restore the thousands of inspection reports and other enforcement documents purged from its website last year, as the public has demanded and Congress has directed. And it should abandon the industry self-policing that has been an utter failure for horse soring — by publishing its final rule to update the agency’s regulations under the Horse Protection Act, as the USDA announced it would do in January 2017.

Thank you for speaking out and let’s keep the pressure on; there’s more work to be done.

Companion Animals, Equine, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative), Wildlife/Marine Mammals

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  1. Michele OBrien says:

    That is good news. I was really worried.

  2. Anita Caltabiano says:

    How about we close down puppy mills?!

    • Rebecca Babjak says:

      Great idea! Unfortunately there is too much money to be had and too many legislators in the pockets of lobbyist for the pet industry, such as Petland. We need to keep the pressure on. If we treated our animals the way these breeders treat there’s, we would be in jail.

  3. R D says:

    Puppy Mills should be banned. It is not a humane way to breed dogs. The cash made from this is untaxed and often the dogs are moved from state to state. There are enough good breeders out there who love their liters of puppies and fully socialize them before they are adopted. Please, please, please shut down the puppy mills. Thank you!

  4. Gene Yakub says:

    I may be mistaken, but with USDA’s hista ory, is this a good thing? They don’t seem to give a hoot about animal welfare .To the contrary, they’ve massacred senselessly, and taken data away from the public. In fact, I personally believe the whole Department ought to be dismantled.

  5. Shoelessjoe56 says:

    I am going to assume that this bill was not intended to put “more feet on the ground” to ensure more inspections more often.

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