U.S. back­tracks on on­line re­port­ing of puppy mills

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

U.S. Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Charles Schumer says the fed­eral Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture un­der Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has back­tracked on an­i­mal wel­fare by delet­ing an on­line data­base of in­spec­tion re­ports on an­i­mal fa­cil­i­ties such as dog breed­ing cen­tres. The New York Demo­crat said Fri­day that the data­base helped ex­pose puppy mills and other in­hu­mane fa­cil­i­ties. He has writ­ten the USDA urg­ing it to re­con­sider the de­ci­sion, which he says puts animals at risk. The As­so­ci­ated Press first re­ported on the USDA re­mov­ing the in­spec­tion re­ports ear­lier this month. Schumer says the USDA in­spects about 9,000 breed­ing cen­tres, lab­o­ra­to­ries and other an­i­mal f acil­i­ties an­nu­ally.

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