PETA Supporters to USDA: Reliance on Third-Party Programs Will Put the Fox in Charge of the Hen House—Undermining Animal Welfare and Transparency
For Immediate Release:
March 7, 2018
Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382
Tampa, Fla. – As the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) meets in Tampa on Wednesday to hear public concerns about privatizing accreditation of laboratories, puppy mills, roadside zoos, circuses, and other businesses, PETA supporters will advise that reduced oversight and fewer inspections by federal inspectors will jeopardize the welfare of animals. Reliance on third parties to accredit animal facilities will also limit the public’s access to information about federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations and compliance.
A peer-reviewed study of USDA records shows that laboratories certified by the largest third-party accreditation firm violate the AWA more frequently than those without the accreditation. According to USDA records, laboratories certified by a third party have been found refusing to give animals food and water and leaving injured animals to die without any veterinary attention. One facility even left a surgical towel inside a pig after experimental abdominal surgery. And roadside zoos accredited by a third party have failed to provide sick and injured animals with basic veterinary care, resulting in prolonged suffering and even deaths.
When: Thursday, March 8, 9 a.m.
Where: Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, 4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa
“Federal oversight is supposed to ensure that laboratories, roadside zoos, and puppy mills can’t cut corners at the animals’ expense,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is reminding the USDA that a hands-off policy will leave animals at the mercy of the very people making money off them.”
For more information, please visit PETA.org.