Stop Trump’s Attack on Animal Welfare and Transparency

Target: Michael Young, acting secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Goal: Don’t hide animal welfare violations by breeders, labs, and zoos accessible to the public.

Under the Trump administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made a shocking decision to remove public access to animal welfare inspection reports from its website, a move which will allow laboratories, puppy mills and circuses to abuse animals without fear of public outcry. Without reports documenting violations and whether or not these violations were corrected, it will be harder to put dog breeders, testing facilities, and other groups who work with animals under scrutiny.

In more sweeping terms, animal welfare advocacy groups will find it far more difficult to uncover acts of abuse, meaning it is a near certainty that many incidents will go unchecked.

Because of USDA reports, the shameful neglect of monkeys at a primate research facility operated through Harvard University was uncovered in 2012. The facility had allowed numerous monkeys to die of dehydration after not providing them with enough to drink. After this fact came to light, the lab was forced to shut down due to public scorn. Countless similar incidents will now go unchecked for years.

For now, the only way the public will be able to obtain these reports will be through Freedom of Information Act requests, which can take years to process. Sign this petition to tell Trump that transparency matters, and that the public has the right to know how animals are treated.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Acting Secretary Young,

I am very concerned by the Trump Administration’s decision to remove reports regarding animal welfare from its website. This move would appear to grant protection to organizations and entities who are causing harm to animals. This will likely result in widespread public safety concerns and untold trauma for countless animals held in testing facilities, breeding programs and zoos. Without access to public reports, puppy mills can continue to churn out sickly and under-socialized dogs, and labs can allow animals to die of neglect or torture without fear of public scrutiny. The public availability of reports has been crucial to advocacy groups, but also to individuals who have the right to know about the zoos they visit, the pets they choose to buy, and what has gone into medicines or personal products they use.

I urge you to not place a black box around all organizations who deal with animals. Those who would abuse animals should not feel that they can get a pass. Speaking up for animal welfare is speaking up for the best interests of the people. I urge you to reconsider, and to make these reports publicly accessible online once more.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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88 Comments

  1. Those who experiment on animals should never be able to quiet their own conscience by telling themselves that these cruelties have a worthy aim.” Albert Schweitzer, physician/Nobel Laureate.

    It’s time hold all those responsible for authorizing and overseeing the implementation of torture against fellow EARTH inhabitants & creatures accountable. A special prosecutor is the most comprehensive way to do that.  

    STOP ULTIMATELY THESE ENDLESS INCONSIDERATION FOR THE WHOLE WORLD !!!

  2. Cecelia Nelson says:

    WE have a right to know what’s going on “BEHIND CLOSED DOORS”. To hold responsible those that ABUSE, TORTURE & KILL innocent animals. THEY have rights and need US to get justice for them.

  3. It’s our tax dollars that funds these horrible torture chambers they call research labs. So you better believe we have a right to know. If the information is withheld, I WILL WITHHOLD MY TAXES UNTIL THE INFORMATION IS MADE AVAILABLE. THE WHOLE UNITED STATES SHOULD REFUSE TO PAY TAXES FOR AS LONG AS THE GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO RELEASE THE ABUSES OF THE TORTURERS.

  4. LAS INDUSTRIAS, LOS LABORATORIOS, LA GENTE ENFERMA, LOS TERRIBLES FESTIVALES Y TODOS, TODOS AQUÉLLOS QUE MALINTERPRETAN LA VIDA Y SIGUEN LASTIMANDO A LOS ANIMALES; TODOS ELLOS SON CULPABLES DE ESTE INFIERNO, CULPABLES DE CRÍMENES DEPRAVADOS E IMPERDONABLES!!!!! ES UNA DESGRACIA PARA EL MUNDO Y PARA TODAS NUESTRAS SOCIEDADES!!!! TODO EL QUE NO RESPETA LA VIDA NO LA MERECE!!!!!

  5. We have a right to know put trump in the animals place he is heartless cruel person needs to stop now.

  6. You should also cut up alive, burn, and other absurd torments
    This is absolutely murderous, diabolic and unnecessary
    Is finally listening to animal experiments worldwide
    There are enough people for labortests
    NO MORE ANIMAL TESTING

  7. Experiment on criminals instead, a fitting deterrent and punishment.

  8. Éva Kaczanda says:

    Mélységesen elítélem az állatkísérleteket és az ezzel járó állatkínzást. Az állatoknak is joguk van méltóságban leélni az életüket.

  9. Darlene Avery says:

    Experimenting on innocent animals is vile and deplorable. Shame on you for ignoring these innocent animals’ welfare.

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