UPDATE (AUGUST 18, 2017): THE DATABASE IS BACK ONLINE AND CAN BE EXPLORED HERE.
July 28, 2017
Simulposted with Eleventh Hour for Animals
We all know the USDA deleted its animal abuse database in February. Last week I published a post about how to bypass this little obstacle. I noticed a lot of traffic on this post from universities, presumably vivisectors who are enjoying remaining anonymous. Following is a Freedom of Information Act request. Please copy the text, insert the name of your local university or other abuser on the blank lines, and send it to the USDA now. When you get the inspection reports back, send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be more than happy to put all of this information back online and host it on my site.
Department of Agriculture
4700 River Road, Unit 50
Riverside, MD 20737-1232
Re: FOIA Request – 2017 Inspection Report for _____________ (fee waiver requested)
Dear Ms. Woods:
Pursuant to the federal Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552, I request access to and copies of all data gathered during the latest 2017
inspection of the ________________’s animal facilities, including, but not limited to:
(1) an accounting of every species of animal found inside the ________________________ and the number of each;
(2) all pictures, digital images, or other video recorded during this inspection;
(3) reports of any and all violations found in their labs;
(4) all available information about the condition of the labs, any attendants overseeing the animals, and the condition of the animals
(5) any other information contained in this inspection report that may not be itemized herein.
I would like to receive the information in digital form accessible online.
I agree to pay reasonable duplication fees for the processing of this request in an amount not to exceed $25. However, please notify me prior to your incurring any expenses in excess of that amount.
Further, please waive any applicable fees. Release of the information is in the public interest because it contributes significantly to public understanding of government operations and activities.
If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act. I will also expect you to release all segregable portions of otherwise exempt material. I, of course, reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or to deny a waiver of fees.
I would appreciate your communicating with me by email or telephone, rather than by mail.
Please provide expedited processing of this request which concerns a matter of urgency.
As a Community Organizer, I am primarily engaged in disseminating information. The public has an urgent need for information about the __________________, especially since the USDA purged its database in February of 2017, denying the public their right to inspect this information.
I certify that my statements concerning the need for expedited processing are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief. I look forward to your determination regarding my request for expedited processing within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.