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From Animal Welfare Institute: USDA Still Stonewalling on Access to Enforcement Records

” When BuzzFeed, which consulted with AWI for an April 28 story on the issue, filed a Freedom of Information Act request for records pertaining to the site scrub, the USDA provided 1,771 pages of records with every single page completely blacked out—all information redacted.” – Animal Welfare Institute

SOURCE:  Animal Welfare Institute at

After the public outcry regarding the US Department of Agriculture’s scrubbing of inspection records and other important enforcement documents from its website, the department began to restore selected records online. These included annual reports for research facilities and inspection reports for some registrants and licensees.

The bulk of the data remains missing, however. The USDA has not posted a single enforcement record (e.g., warning letter, stipulated penalty, or complaint) since August 2016. Also remaining offline are about two-thirds of the inspection reports that the USDA says “may contain personal information implicating the privacy interests of individuals and closely-held businesses.” These pertain to thousands of regulated entities (breeders, dealers, exhibitors, and others licensed or registered under the Animal Welfare Act).

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  1. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives us the right to access information from the federal government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government.
    I can tell you from personal experience that this law is often broken by extensive delays and maneuvers by the agency, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in providing the requested information.
    In October of 2012, I made a FOIA request regarding the trapping of our wild horses and burros. Although some dribbles of information were provided to me, the request has STILL not been completed almost five years later. Why? It is my believe that the reason is because the trapping contracts were not adhered to – including the contractors not fulfilling their contract obligations and the BLM ignoring these violations and paying the contractors for work not completed.
    Therefore, the BLM FOIA office has continued to disregard their legal obligation to provide the requested information in order to continue to close their eyes to the apparent fraudulent contractor actions and fraudulent BLM actions.

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  2. We Need to publicize that if Horse Slaughter would reopen on US soil Horse Prices will again plummet. The plants drive prices downwards. Thefts rise. Word needs to get out that having plants in the US again will devastate the horse industry possibly permanenently.

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    • They are intentionally trying to drive people away from adopting Wild Horses by making claims that are not true. Please help inform the public wild horses are valuable in many ways.

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  3. From Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)
    Two Horses and a Mule Died of Dehydration in Arizona’s Apache-Sitgreaves Forest
    Posted on Jun 22, 2017

    “Spin, Diesel and Little Bit died of thirst but the real killer was inattention to duty compounded by official indifference,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, noting the forest has a Livestock Management Plan which requires equines be inspected at least once every two weeks. “The Forest Service routinely tickets members of the public but rarely tags one of its own.”

    An attorney for one of the charged employees filed a motion to remove the case from state court to federal court on the basis that a federal employee cannot be subjected to state jurisdiction under the doctrine of federal supremacy. On June 7th, the Greenlee County attorney moved to dismiss the state complaint.

    “Ironically, this immunity claim rests on federal employees fulfilling – not neglecting – their official duties,” added Ruch. “Sovereign immunity is rooted in the ancient English legal doctrine that ‘the king can do no wrong’ but there is plenty of wrong to go around in this case. The only reason local authorities acted was because federal officials shirked their responsibilities.”

    PEER is asking concerned individuals to contact Trump’s Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue [email; Twitter] to request that he reopen the case and take steps to prevent future tragedies of this kind.


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