USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will begin issuing press releases announcing the outcome of enforcement actions that the agency takes in response to violations of the Animal Welfare Act.
“It is clear that certain repeat offenders are not taking issues of animal welfare and humane treatment seriously enough,” says Cindy Smith, APHIS administrator. “In turn, APHIS will not only be moving more swiftly to take enforcement action, but we will be making information about those enforcement actions available to the public on our website.”
Beginning in June, APHIS will issue monthly press releases that include case summaries where the agency is charging people and businesses with violations of the Animal Welfare Act. The press releases will also provide summary information about closed enforcement cases and any penalties levied.
At one time, the agency had issued press releases of this nature, but discontinued the practice in 2002.