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PETA to Sue Over Federal Animal Welfare Records

PETA to Sue Over Federal Animal Welfare Records
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By    |   Thursday, 07 June 2018 01:14 PM

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is set to sue the Department of Agriculture and the Animal Health Inspection Service for records relating to enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act, CNN is reporting.

PETA officials say the organization will file a lawsuit on Thursday after Freedom of Information Act requests have gone unanswered, according to CNN.

The complaint will state that in February 2017 the USDA’s website removed thousands of Animal Welfare Act related records, the news network said. The information removed included all enforcement records.

Delcianna Winders, vice president and deputy general counsel for PETA said that "while the agency has resumed posting some Animal Welfare Act records, it announced that it will not repost enforcement records, and has instead directed those interested in accessing these critical records to submit individual FOIA requests”

PETA said this will be the first time the USDA has been sued for failing to respond to FOIA requests for animal welfare enforcement records.

The lawsuit will cite a 2010 USDA Office of Inspector General audit, CNN reported. That audit said that Animal Welfare Act enforcement was "ineffective," the news network said.

Meanwhile, The Hill noted a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit in 2017 that was filed by animal rights activists to allow them to report documents that were removed from the USDA website. The judge ruled the documents could be obtained through FOIA requests.

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