USDA must stop protecting animal abusers & start protecting animals!
I often refer to animal welfare issues as a glimmer of hope in this difficult Congress. Here’s an update on what has been a very successful week in raising awareness and fighting for the fair treatment of animals.
As you may know, in the first days of the Trump administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) took down its database of animal welfare data, including reports on violations of the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act. This data is critical for the public to hold animal abusers accountable, and by removing it, the USDA is effectively protecting them. Since this happened, I’ve been fighting to get this data restored – leading a bipartisan coalition and introducing legislation.
This week, I was in front of USDA demanding that they put this crucial tool back online alongside Kate Mara and animal welfare advocates. As co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, I also held a Congressional briefing on the issue with experts from across the country. Their powerful testimonies have me even more determined to get this database fully restored.
Every day that the USDA keeps the public in the dark, they are protecting puppy mills and other animal abusers at the expense of transparency in government. Whether it’s through legislation, holding events, or informing my colleagues, we are going to keep increasing the pressure on Trump's USDA to do the right thing – restore the database now.
Member of Congress