• USDA may warn some facilities when animal welfare inspectors are coming

    8 monthes ago - By Topix

    For decades, the Department of Agriculture has routinely conducted surprise inspections at zoos, breeding operations, research labs and other facilities to evaluate whether they're complying with federal animal welfare laws, and issue warnings or penalties if not. In a letter sent last month to entities regulated by the Animal Welfare Act, an agency official announced the launch of a pilot project to explore whether letting some facilities know inspectors are coming "actually improves the efficiency of our inspection program and improves the humane treatment of animals."
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