IFAW statement on USDA Animal Welfare Act online database removal

Monday, 6 February, 2017
Washington D.C.

Last Friday afternoon, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service quietly deleted the Animal Welfare Act database of inspection and compliance records from its website, causing uncertainty and confusion for animal advocates.

“The removal of the online USDA Animal Care Search Tool may impede our efforts to properly assess U.S. sanctuaries,” said Carson Barylak, Campaigns Officer for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). “Not having quick access to this information could delay our response time when moving animals in crisis, which is obviously not ideal when animals need to be rescued quickly.”

Despite roadblocks to information, IFAW will continue to work to keep the public informed about pseudo-sanctuaries, roadside zoos, and other exploitative animal displays so that they can make good choices and support only responsible sanctuaries. Vetting tips available at www.ifaw.org

About IFAW (The International Fund for Animal Welfare)

Founded in 1969, IFAW rescues and protects animals around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook/IFAW and Twitter @action4ifaw



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