Letters to the Editor

Essentiality of access to federal animal welfare records

In these hyper-partisan times, governmental transparency is more important than ever. In this regard, February's decision by the USDA to remove from its website thousands of records providing information on compliance with the Animal Welfare and Horse Protection acts is a substantial step backwards. These documents included inspection reports of commercial animal breeding facilities, animal research facilities, and roadside zoos as well as information about violations of the Horse Protection Act. In taking these documents down, the USDA has made it more difficult for veterinarians and others working to correct systemic animal