Previously available open public data has gone offline.

Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act Compliance Information has been missing from the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service website for:


So, why does this matter?

Don't just read — here are some ways you can act :

Call Your Representatives!

Call the members of the Agriculture Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations, which oversees the USDA.

Call Script:

Hello! My name is (name). I’m a (constituent, concerned citizen, research scientist) and I am concerned by the removal of the Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act Compliance Information from the USDA’s website.
Though these are but two datasets, I fear that more and more publicly available information may be removed at the behest of the new administration.
To paraphrase Julia Wapner, "The knowledge that the government collected is our knowledge, and as a country, we have a right to it.”
As James Madison wrote, "Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”
I’d like to see the aforementioned datasets returned to open public access, and I’d like to know what your plan is moving forward to protect and safeguard the federal datasets still available.

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  • The Environmental Data & Governance Initiative
  • ProjectARCC
  • and other projects.

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