--%> USDA Sued After Removal of Animal Welfare Records
News

USDA Sued After Removal of Animal Welfare Records

Several animal-rights groups file a lawsuit aiming to force the USDA to restore animal welfare records to their public website.

Harvard Animal Law & Policy Fellow Delcianna Winders—along with animal-rights organizations People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), Beagle Freedom Project, Born Free USA, and MSPCA-Angell—filed a lawsuit against the USDA over the removal of animal welfare records from their public website earlier this month. The lawsuit alleges that the USDA violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) which requires federal agencies to make all records released under FOIA electronically available to the public. The recently removed records documented animal facility inspections, animal censuses, and other information collected by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS). The USDA is currently directing visitors to file FOIA requests in order to obtain information relating to animal welfare—but it takes 94 days for the agency to respond to a simple request, and up to 234 days for more complicated requests. All records relating to climate change, LGBTQ rights, and healthcare have also been removed from the White House website.

More News

Dog Meat Sale Banned in Bali

The Balinese government issued a decree to ban the sale of dog meat thanks to the efforts of animal-rights organization Animals Australia.
Read More »

88-Year-Old Vegan Climbs Kilimanjaro

Colorado resident Fred Distelhorst may have set a world record as the oldest person to ever ascend one of the world’s highest peaks.
Read More »

Milk Can Now Be Advertised as Inhumane in UK

In a landmark decision, the UK Advertising Standards Agency ruled in favor of Go Vegan World's "Humane Milk is a Myth" campaign.
Read More »

Quorn Launches Meatless Taco Tour in Portland

The company's taco trailer hops around Rip City to bring free vegan tacos to street corners, softball games, and community events.
Read More »

Vegan Beyond Burger Expands to 600 Kroger Stores

The plant-based patty triples its distribution and is now available in the meat aisle in 1,300 stores nationwide.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »