How to Combat the USDA’s Animal Welfare Blackout | VegNews

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The government just made it nearly impossible to track the abuse of millions of animals used in laboratories each year. VegNews speaks to Beagle Freedom Project founder Shannon Keith to find out what we can do to weather the blow.

On February 3, 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), through the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), removed all records of animals used in laboratories—including information related to instances of abuse—from its website. This action has devastating implications for animals and greatly impedes the ability of advocates to hold animal abusers accountable for their actions. Farmed animals were not accounted for in these records as the USDA is not required to track abuse within the animal agriculture industry.

Several animal-rights organizations have already taken action. Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) took immediate action to reinstall the inspection reports removed from about 9,000 facilities—including…

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