Blackout Update: ASPCA Sues U.S. Government for Suppressing Animal Welfare Records

Examples of redacted inspection reports.

Today, the ASPCA filed a lawsuit against the USDA in response to the agency’s ongoing refusal to respond to our requests as required by law and failure to release crucial animal welfare records in their entirety. 

“The USDA’s delays and deliberate omissions in making these records accessible severely hamper our efforts to advocate for dogs languishing in deplorable puppy mills,” said Matt Bershadker, President and CEO of the ASPCA. “The ASPCA’s lawsuit is crucial to preserve the FOIA process and gain access to these government records, which is critical to protecting animal welfare.”

Why is the USDA protecting cruel breeders over the animals and consumers it is entrusted to protect? Please sign our petition demanding the agency give back public access to this life-saving information.

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