The ascension of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States created a justifiable worry about the rights of individuals around the planet. Trump has proved himself to be an individual who is willing to bend and break laws when it suits his mood without a care for the legal repercussions. Now it appears that something was overlooked in the worry about the rights of individuals being infringed upon, as the rights of animals are now under assault by Trump’s administration as well.
In an unprecedented move the U.S. Department of Agriculture removed a variety of reports which detailed the treatment of animals. The information, which was previously public information, is now being shielded from the prying eyes of individuals who seek to protect animals. Rather than having immediate access those who seek to review reports of animal mistreatment must go through a long drawn out process by filing a Freedom of Information Act Request of which often take years to work their way through the proper channels.
The senior director of the Humane Society’s “Stop Puppy Mills Campaign”, John Goodwin, said the USDA was hiding the information intentionally:
The USDA action cloaks even the worst puppy mills in secrecy and allows abusers of Tennessee walking horses, zoo animals and lab animals to hide even the worst track records in animal welfare.
There is no legal framework which requires the information which is now shielded to be made immediately available, and it is another example of how Donald Trump is harming American consumers.