It is a sad reality that animals are routinely exploited, abused, and neglected all across the world, everywhere from zoos and circuses to laboratories and puppy mills. Here in the U.S., the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for overseeing such facilities and making sure they abide by all animal welfare laws. Last year, the USDA was under fire by animal advocates when they removed public access to animal welfare records, and now there is another controversy stirring …
The USDA announced plans to possibly begin planned inspections of facilities that use animals, as opposed to the typical unannounced visits they conduct that give a far more accurate assessment of the conditions and practices in such facilities. Although they say they will still conduct surprise inspections in addition to the scheduled visits, there are problems with telling places of business when inspections will take place.
Delcianna Winders, a vice president at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Foundation, stated to the Washington Post, “It’s going to result in even fewer violations being detected … Things are going to be cleaned up, suffering and dead animals are going to be hidden, and we’re just not going to know what the real, day-to-day conditions of the facilities are.”
A petition has been set up on Care2 asking the USDA to reconsider these plans for scheduled inspections. Please use your voice to speak up for animals and tell the USDA to not implement plans to announce animal welfare inspections. You can voice your opinion and sign the petition here.
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