USDA shuts down puppy mill database- Trump gets the blame
Canine Americans the latest to feel the effects of the Trump bump.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer says the federal Department of Agriculture under President Trump has backtracked on animal welfare by deleting an online database of inspection reports on animal facilities such as dog breeding centres.
The New York Democrat says the database helped expose puppy mills and other inhumane facilities.
He has written the USDA urging it to reconsider the decision, which he says puts animals at risk.
The Associated Press first reported on the USDA removing the inspection reports earlier this month.
Schumer says the USDA inspects about 9,000 breeding centres, laboratories and other animal facilities annually.
In a statement on its website, the USDA says an ongoing review of its online information began before Trump took office.
It says the changes are intended to balance transparency with personal privacy and that the information can be requested through open records requests.
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