Help Us Fight Back – Critical Animal Welfare Reports Removed From USDA Website

On Friday morning, animal protection in America took a significant step backward when news broke that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) had removed critical animal welfare reports from its website. The Animal Legal Defense Fund immediately got to work on battling this devastating change which sacrifices the well-being of animals while shielding animal abusers from public scrutiny.


The removed USDA reports contained information on animals kept by research labs, zoos, puppy mills, circuses and animal transporters—and whether those facilities are violating the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Removing these reports keeps the illegal mistreatment of animals in the dark. Without the USDA’s enforcement records, countless animal protection organizations are severely hampered in their essential work to protect animals.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund intends to sue to compel the USDA to stop hiding this information. We won’t stand idly by while our federal government takes action to make animal law enforcement more difficult than it already is.

Your immediate support is crucial to our success.


The Animal Legal Defense Fund will not back down, but we are going to need you by our side for this. Your generous donation today means we can do whatever is necessary to ensure the USDA records remain publicly available and hold people accountable for unlawful treatment of animals. The tax-deductible donation you make today is critical.