ASPCA sues USDA over animal welfare law


the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) filed a lawsuit against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for relinquishing responsibility for enforcing the 50-year-old Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

More precisely, the trial focuses on the humane treatment and care of commercially farmed dogs. There are 2,000 commercial dog breeders in the United States and Congress has directed the USDA to inspect the facilities to ensure a standard of care is maintained.

However, the USDA has left violations unreported and unpunished and has not imposed a single sanction against a dog dealer since 2017, despite evidence of cruelty in many cases, the ASPCA shared.

“The USDA has abdicated its critical responsibility to use animal welfare law to end cruelty to animals, allowing commercial breeders to put their motives for profit ahead of the welfare of vulnerable animals they have custody ” noted Matt Bershadker, President and CEO of ASPCA. “The agency’s categorical refusal to take action against inhuman dog dealers is an illegal rejection of its obligation and sadly indicates that animal suffering at the hands of USDA licensed breeders will be tolerated, despite the intent and the authority of the AWA to protect these animals. . “

Strategies formalized in 2017 said inspectors could ignore violations, treat minor violations as a good time to learn, or not report a violation if discovered due to a courtesy visit. The number of violations recorded before menstruation was around 2,000 per year. In 2020, the number was 150.

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