The Humane Society of the United States continues to monitor the USDA, citing a reduction in reported violations. In addition, information from these inspections continues to decline.

U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors documented 60 percent fewer violations at facilities that use animals in 2018 compared to 2017. The drop, reported by the Washington Post this week and also documented by our researchers here at the Humane Society of the United States, is the latest sign that the federal agency is pulling back from its job of enforcing the Animal Welfare Act, which protects animals used by puppy mills, zoos and research labs, among others.

You can read the full story here.

HSUS Blog Post: USDA further loosens oversight of puppy mills and other operations, leaving foxes to guard the henhouse
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