It's Always About Money
Companies critical of government regulations believe the USDA doesn't have the authority to oversee animal welfare standards in the food industry. Under Trump's administration we will be seeing profit driven goals for food companies while rolling back protections favoring animal welfare.
“Scrubbing Animal Welfare Act inspection reports from the internet is an affront to the transparency vital to our democracy,” says Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells. “The Animal Legal Defense Fund hopes the administration reverses course on this decision and will explore all available means to restore free and fair access to such vital public information.” - Animal Legal Defense Fund
'Big Food' companies fear that any progress on animal welfare could leach onto their business causing prices to rise and profits to sink. They also want to avoid any scrutiny from consumers. Under Trump's administration their dreams are coming true.
The new regulations essentially mean that violations against the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act will only become accessible after submitting a Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA) — which can take several years to get approved.
With less transparency farmed animals are at greater risk of living in horrible conditions while companies make money off of them. Orders like what just went into effect by Trump's administration pave an unrestricted path for factory farms to practice profits before life where animals are collateral damage. It's cheaper to cram more animals into less space and with no one knowing, no one watching, and no one saying no. What's to stop the way animals are treated?
Reported in Bipartisan Article:
"The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health inspection Service released a statement claiming the decision came after a “comprehensive review”. According to the statement posted to their site, “As a result of the comprehensive review, APHIS has implemented actions to remove certain personal information from documents it posts on APHIS’ website involving the Horse Protection Act and the Animal Welfare Act. Going forward, APHIS will remove from its website inspection reports, regulatory correspondence, research facility annual reports, and enforcement records that have not received final adjudication. APHIS will also review and redact, as necessary, the lists of licensees and registrants under the AWA, as well as lists of designated qualified persons (DQPs) licensed by USDA-certified horse industry organizations.” (source)
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