USDA Enforcement of Animal Welfare Laws Drops Dramatically - Articles

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Posted by: Jarod Word on Oct 25, 2018

Written warnings to breeders, exhibitors and research labs that allegedly violated animal welfare laws have dropped approximately 88 percent over the past two years, The Washington Post reports. In 2016, the USDA issued 192 written warnings, filing 23 written complaints against offenders. This year so far, the department has issued 39 warnings, settling only one complaint. The agency says the drop is the result of a suspension of hearings because of litigation and an emphasis on working with alleged violators rather than an investigative process that internal audits have faulted for ineffectiveness.