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Receive press releases from Global Federation of Animal Sactuaries: By Email Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds of Florida is Verified by Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Cocoa, FL, May 06, 2017 --( Verification means that Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds meets the criteria of a true equine sanctuary/rescue and is providing humane and responsible care of the animals. To be awarded Verified status, an organization must meet GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed animal care standards which are confirmed by a site visit and they must also adhere to a demanding set of ethical and operational principles. The verification status also provides a clear and trusted means for the public, donors and grantors to recognize Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds as an exceptional organization. “We are proud to announce the recent verification of Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds,” said Valerie Taylor, GFAS Director of Accreditation. “The dedication and passion of HART’s volunteers, staff, and Board of Directors is remarkable, which allows for such attention to be paid to the proper retraining and rehoming of off-the-track Thoroughbred horses. In addition, HART’s efforts to work with, and involve their local community regarding humane and responsible care of horses, and showcase the ways in which horses can give back demonstrates the organization’s commitment to horses-in-need in Florida.” “I feel so privileged to have the support and verification from GFAS for Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds (HART),” said Suzanna Norris, Executive Director of Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds. “The process of verification provided HART, a growing organization, the opportunity to improve standards, effectiveness, and efficiency, and laid a foundation to successfully and continually strive for excellence.” The GFAS Equine Accreditation Program is made possible by a generous grant from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® and the Kenneth Scott Charitable Trust. About Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the sole purpose of strengthening and supporting the work of animal sanctuaries, rescues, and rehabilitation centers worldwide. The goal of GFAS in working with and assisting these animal care facilities is to ensure they are supported, honored, recognized and rewarded for meeting important criteria in providing care to the animals in residence. GFAS was founded in 2007 by animal protection leaders from a number of different organizations in response to virtually unchecked and often hidden exploitation of animals for human entertainment and financial profit. The GFAS Board of Directors guides the organization’s work in a collaborative manner. While the board includes those in top leadership at Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and American Anti-Vivisection Society, all board members serve as individuals dedicated to animal sanctuaries. www.sanctuaryfederation.org. About Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds (HART) HART for Horses is committed to being the voice for off-the-track Thoroughbreds, to finding them their forever homes, and to stewarding a mutual journey of self-discovery for all our horses and the people that adopt or interact with them. HART is dedicated to preventing the deeply troubling fate some of these horses face after retiring from racing. By fostering new beginnings and second careers for these majestic athletes, the organization elevates awareness on the versatility these horses possess among the equestrian community. HART has aligned with the racing industry’s great efforts toward support of off-the-track Thoroughbreds so that they have a smooth transition into their second careers and resources to secure their well-being, while they prepare for their forever homes. HART is also committed to the community, especially those individuals needing to fit in or looking for their own personal way to connect with a purpose in life. The organization has seen first-hand how cultivating the confidence and trust of off-the-track Thoroughbreds will in turn enlighten us on our own behavior and communication skills that we can incorporate into our daily lives. Patience, understanding, thoughtful and purposeful actions are lessons mutually acquired through these equally wanting relationships. For more information, visit www.hartforhorses.org or call 321-543-2924. About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/aspca. Cocoa, FL, May 06, 2017 --( PR.com )-- The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Verified status to Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds as of May 3, 2017.Verification means that Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds meets the criteria of a true equine sanctuary/rescue and is providing humane and responsible care of the animals. To be awarded Verified status, an organization must meet GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed animal care standards which are confirmed by a site visit and they must also adhere to a demanding set of ethical and operational principles. The verification status also provides a clear and trusted means for the public, donors and grantors to recognize Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds as an exceptional organization.“We are proud to announce the recent verification of Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds,” said Valerie Taylor, GFAS Director of Accreditation. “The dedication and passion of HART’s volunteers, staff, and Board of Directors is remarkable, which allows for such attention to be paid to the proper retraining and rehoming of off-the-track Thoroughbred horses. In addition, HART’s efforts to work with, and involve their local community regarding humane and responsible care of horses, and showcase the ways in which horses can give back demonstrates the organization’s commitment to horses-in-need in Florida.”“I feel so privileged to have the support and verification from GFAS for Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds (HART),” said Suzanna Norris, Executive Director of Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds. “The process of verification provided HART, a growing organization, the opportunity to improve standards, effectiveness, and efficiency, and laid a foundation to successfully and continually strive for excellence.”The GFAS Equine Accreditation Program is made possible by a generous grant from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® and the Kenneth Scott Charitable Trust.About Global Federation of Animal SanctuariesGlobal Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the sole purpose of strengthening and supporting the work of animal sanctuaries, rescues, and rehabilitation centers worldwide. The goal of GFAS in working with and assisting these animal care facilities is to ensure they are supported, honored, recognized and rewarded for meeting important criteria in providing care to the animals in residence. GFAS was founded in 2007 by animal protection leaders from a number of different organizations in response to virtually unchecked and often hidden exploitation of animals for human entertainment and financial profit. The GFAS Board of Directors guides the organization’s work in a collaborative manner. While the board includes those in top leadership at Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and American Anti-Vivisection Society, all board members serve as individuals dedicated to animal sanctuaries. www.sanctuaryfederation.org.About Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds (HART)HART for Horses is committed to being the voice for off-the-track Thoroughbreds, to finding them their forever homes, and to stewarding a mutual journey of self-discovery for all our horses and the people that adopt or interact with them. HART is dedicated to preventing the deeply troubling fate some of these horses face after retiring from racing. By fostering new beginnings and second careers for these majestic athletes, the organization elevates awareness on the versatility these horses possess among the equestrian community. HART has aligned with the racing industry’s great efforts toward support of off-the-track Thoroughbreds so that they have a smooth transition into their second careers and resources to secure their well-being, while they prepare for their forever homes. HART is also committed to the community, especially those individuals needing to fit in or looking for their own personal way to connect with a purpose in life. The organization has seen first-hand how cultivating the confidence and trust of off-the-track Thoroughbreds will in turn enlighten us on our own behavior and communication skills that we can incorporate into our daily lives. Patience, understanding, thoughtful and purposeful actions are lessons mutually acquired through these equally wanting relationships. For more information, visit www.hartforhorses.org or call 321-543-2924.About the ASPCA®Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/aspca. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Global Federation of Animal Sactuaries


Receive press releases from Global Federation of Animal Sactuaries: By Email Imlay, NV, March 02, 2017 --( The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is honored to announce that Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary, in Imlay, NV has achieved GFAS Accreditation. “It is heartwarming to see animals that are unable to be placed back into the wild receiving the high quality, life-long care and respect they deserve at Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary. Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary truly maintains the welfare of their residents as their highest priority as demonstrated by their large natural habitats and excellent environmental enrichment,” says, Jeanne Marie Pittman, GFAS Director of Accreditation for the Americas. Achieving GFAS Accreditation means Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary meets the comprehensive and rigorous definition of a true sanctuary and as such provides humane and responsible care for the animals and meets the rigorous standards for operations, administration, and veterinary care established by GFAS. GFAS is the only globally recognized organization that provides a method for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, rescues and rehabilitation centers. The accreditation status provides a clear and trusted means for public, donors, and government agencies to recognize Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary as an exceptional sanctuary. "Going through the certification process with GFAS has helped our organization by further pursuing excellence in providing best care practices”. As the only GFAS Accredited Sanctuary in Nevada, we are excited to bring attention to the distinctions between pseudo-sanctuaries and those that have worked toward providing optimal care for its residents," says Lynda Sugasa, the sanctuary's Executive Director. Safe Haven is dedicated to protecting indigenous wildlife and native habitat and to educating the public about environmental and wild animal conservation. In addition to their rescue and rehabilitative mission, Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary demonstrates their good neighbor and community engagement commitments by: - Augmenting and enhancing education for rural elementary and secondary school campuses in northern Nevada through our educational outreach. Local schools with limited funds for curriculum enhancement appreciate Safe Haven’s “Animal Chronicles Project.” Kids love hearing about Safe Haven residents and they become natural advocates regarding the need to protect wild animals and their habitats. Since inception, Safe Haven’s educational outreached has reached over 20,000 children and adults. - Developing kids’ capacity to become animal ambassadors. Safe Haven reaches children and youth with positive messages about Safe Haven residents, their native habitat, and their role in overall ecosystems. Safe Haven’s educational programs are tailored to specific child and youth developmental levels in order to meet them “where they are at” in their capacity to engage, comprehend, and increase their empathic understanding. - Modelling renewable energy practices. Safe Haven operates as a solar-powered “green” facility, demonstrating innovative energy use approaches. Neighboring communities, kids participating in our educational outreach, and visitors to Safe Haven learn about “green” organizations that are designed to have minimal impact on the environment. About Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the sole purpose of strengthening and supporting the work of animal sanctuaries, rescues, and rehabilitation centers worldwide. The goal of GFAS in working with and assisting these animal care facilities is to ensure they are supported, honored, recognized and rewarded for meeting important criteria in providing care to the animals in residence. GFAS was founded in 2007 by animal protection leaders from a number of different organizations in response to virtually unchecked and often hidden exploitation of animals for human entertainment and financial profit. The GFAS Board of Directors guides the organization’s work in a collaborative manner. While the board includes those in top leadership at Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, the ASPCA, and American Anti-Vivisection Society, all board members serve as individuals dedicated to animal sanctuaries. www.sanctuaryfederation.org. About Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was founded in 2006 in northern Nevada with a mission to provide interim care to native orphaned and injured wildlife eligible for reintroduction and lifelong care to abandoned, surrendered and confiscated exotics resulting from the pet trade.www.safehavenwildlife.com. Imlay, NV, March 02, 2017 --( PR.com )-- “Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary truly maintains the welfare of their residents as their highest priority as demonstrated by their large natural habitats and excellent environmental enrichment,” says, Jeanne Marie Pittman, GFAS Director of Accreditation for the Americas.The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is honored to announce that Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary, in Imlay, NV has achieved GFAS Accreditation.“It is heartwarming to see animals that are unable to be placed back into the wild receiving the high quality, life-long care and respect they deserve at Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary. Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary truly maintains the welfare of their residents as their highest priority as demonstrated by their large natural habitats and excellent environmental enrichment,” says, Jeanne Marie Pittman, GFAS Director of Accreditation for the Americas. Achieving GFAS Accreditation means Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary meets the comprehensive and rigorous definition of a true sanctuary and as such provides humane and responsible care for the animals and meets the rigorous standards for operations, administration, and veterinary care established by GFAS. GFAS is the only globally recognized organization that provides a method for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, rescues and rehabilitation centers. The accreditation status provides a clear and trusted means for public, donors, and government agencies to recognize Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary as an exceptional sanctuary."Going through the certification process with GFAS has helped our organization by further pursuing excellence in providing best care practices”. As the only GFAS Accredited Sanctuary in Nevada, we are excited to bring attention to the distinctions between pseudo-sanctuaries and those that have worked toward providing optimal care for its residents," says Lynda Sugasa, the sanctuary's Executive Director.Safe Haven is dedicated to protecting indigenous wildlife and native habitat and to educating the public about environmental and wild animal conservation. In addition to their rescue and rehabilitative mission, Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary demonstrates their good neighbor and community engagement commitments by:- Augmenting and enhancing education for rural elementary and secondary school campuses in northern Nevada through our educational outreach. Local schools with limited funds for curriculum enhancement appreciate Safe Haven’s “Animal Chronicles Project.” Kids love hearing about Safe Haven residents and they become natural advocates regarding the need to protect wild animals and their habitats. Since inception, Safe Haven’s educational outreached has reached over 20,000 children and adults.- Developing kids’ capacity to become animal ambassadors. Safe Haven reaches children and youth with positive messages about Safe Haven residents, their native habitat, and their role in overall ecosystems. Safe Haven’s educational programs are tailored to specific child and youth developmental levels in order to meet them “where they are at” in their capacity to engage, comprehend, and increase their empathic understanding.- Modelling renewable energy practices. Safe Haven operates as a solar-powered “green” facility, demonstrating innovative energy use approaches. Neighboring communities, kids participating in our educational outreach, and visitors to Safe Haven learn about “green” organizations that are designed to have minimal impact on the environment.About Global Federation of Animal SanctuariesGlobal Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the sole purpose of strengthening and supporting the work of animal sanctuaries, rescues, and rehabilitation centers worldwide. The goal of GFAS in working with and assisting these animal care facilities is to ensure they are supported, honored, recognized and rewarded for meeting important criteria in providing care to the animals in residence. GFAS was founded in 2007 by animal protection leaders from a number of different organizations in response to virtually unchecked and often hidden exploitation of animals for human entertainment and financial profit. The GFAS Board of Directors guides the organization’s work in a collaborative manner. While the board includes those in top leadership at Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, the ASPCA, and American Anti-Vivisection Society, all board members serve as individuals dedicated to animal sanctuaries. www.sanctuaryfederation.org.About Safe Haven Wildlife SanctuarySafe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was founded in 2006 in northern Nevada with a mission to provide interim care to native orphaned and injured wildlife eligible for reintroduction and lifelong care to abandoned, surrendered and confiscated exotics resulting from the pet trade.www.safehavenwildlife.com. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Global Federation of Animal Sactuaries


Receive press releases from Global Federation of Animal Sactuaries: By Email Far View Horse Rescue of Colorado is Verified by Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Fairplay, CO, December 04, 2016 --( Verification means that Far View Horse Rescue meets the criteria of a true equine sanctuary/rescue and is providing humane and responsible care of the animals. To be awarded Verified status, an organization must meet GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed animal care standards which are confirmed by a site visit and they must also adhere to a demanding set of ethical and operational principles. The verification status also provides a clear and trusted means for the public, donors and grantors to recognize Far View Horse Rescue as an exceptional organization. “We are proud to announce the recent verification of Far View Horse Rescue,” said Valerie Taylor, GFAS Director of Accreditation. “The dedication and passion of Far View’s volunteers is remarkable, which allows for such attention to be paid to proper rescue and rehabilitation of neglected, abandoned, and unwanted horses. In addition, Far View’s dedication to finding the rescued horses successful homes with new owners and providing horsemanship education demonstrates the organization’s commitment to equines-in-need in Colorado.” “We are so thrilled and proud on our progress of being Verified by GFAS,” said Kimberly Kissmann, Executive Director of Far View Horse Rescue. “This has made us so much more safety conscientious and we will continue to strive to become even better in every way, every day.” The GFAS Equine Accreditation Program is made possible by a generous grant from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® and the Kenneth Scott Charitable Trust. About Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the sole purpose of strengthening and supporting the work of animal sanctuaries, rescues, and rehabilitation centers worldwide. The goal of GFAS in working with and assisting these animal care facilities is to ensure they are supported, honored, recognized and rewarded for meeting important criteria in providing care to the animals in residence. GFAS was founded in 2007 by animal protection leaders from a number of different organizations in response to virtually unchecked and often hidden exploitation of animals for human entertainment and financial profit. The GFAS Board of Directors guides the organization’s work in a collaborative manner. While the board includes those in top leadership at Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and American Anti-Vivisection Society, all board members serve as individuals dedicated to animal sanctuaries. www.sanctuaryfederation.org. About Far View Horse Rescue For Far View Horse Rescue, fulfilling their mission of rescuing, training, educating and placing equines in adoptive homes, is so important. The organization provides a much-needed equine rescue and rehabilitation facility, in a mostly rural environment where property requirements, extreme weather, economic pressures and a lack of equine knowledge, result in unwanted horses. Far View offers a neutral environment, where horse owners feel comfortable to call and ask for help, whether it be advice, monetary help for gelding a horse, providing temporary hay help, or finding a new home. The organization is run by committed volunteers, 90% of which are girls and women; this includes being on the board, running our barn, property maintenance, training horses and taking the role on of committee leaders. The rescue’s success is built around teamwork and using confidence, commitment and clear communication while working with rescued equines and each other. Far View Horse Rescue has placed 95% of all adoptable equines with good forever homes, and this success transfers over and empowers everyone involved to continue to make a positive difference in the community! For more information, visit www.farviewhorserescue.com or call 970-376-2103. About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/aspca. Fairplay, CO, December 04, 2016 --( PR.com )-- The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Verified status to Far View Horse Rescue as of December 2, 2016.Verification means that Far View Horse Rescue meets the criteria of a true equine sanctuary/rescue and is providing humane and responsible care of the animals. To be awarded Verified status, an organization must meet GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed animal care standards which are confirmed by a site visit and they must also adhere to a demanding set of ethical and operational principles. The verification status also provides a clear and trusted means for the public, donors and grantors to recognize Far View Horse Rescue as an exceptional organization.“We are proud to announce the recent verification of Far View Horse Rescue,” said Valerie Taylor, GFAS Director of Accreditation. “The dedication and passion of Far View’s volunteers is remarkable, which allows for such attention to be paid to proper rescue and rehabilitation of neglected, abandoned, and unwanted horses. In addition, Far View’s dedication to finding the rescued horses successful homes with new owners and providing horsemanship education demonstrates the organization’s commitment to equines-in-need in Colorado.”“We are so thrilled and proud on our progress of being Verified by GFAS,” said Kimberly Kissmann, Executive Director of Far View Horse Rescue. “This has made us so much more safety conscientious and we will continue to strive to become even better in every way, every day.”The GFAS Equine Accreditation Program is made possible by a generous grant from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® and the Kenneth Scott Charitable Trust.About Global Federation of Animal SanctuariesGlobal Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the sole purpose of strengthening and supporting the work of animal sanctuaries, rescues, and rehabilitation centers worldwide. The goal of GFAS in working with and assisting these animal care facilities is to ensure they are supported, honored, recognized and rewarded for meeting important criteria in providing care to the animals in residence. GFAS was founded in 2007 by animal protection leaders from a number of different organizations in response to virtually unchecked and often hidden exploitation of animals for human entertainment and financial profit. The GFAS Board of Directors guides the organization’s work in a collaborative manner. While the board includes those in top leadership at Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and American Anti-Vivisection Society, all board members serve as individuals dedicated to animal sanctuaries. www.sanctuaryfederation.org.About Far View Horse RescueFor Far View Horse Rescue, fulfilling their mission of rescuing, training, educating and placing equines in adoptive homes, is so important. The organization provides a much-needed equine rescue and rehabilitation facility, in a mostly rural environment where property requirements, extreme weather, economic pressures and a lack of equine knowledge, result in unwanted horses. Far View offers a neutral environment, where horse owners feel comfortable to call and ask for help, whether it be advice, monetary help for gelding a horse, providing temporary hay help, or finding a new home. The organization is run by committed volunteers, 90% of which are girls and women; this includes being on the board, running our barn, property maintenance, training horses and taking the role on of committee leaders. The rescue’s success is built around teamwork and using confidence, commitment and clear communication while working with rescued equines and each other. Far View Horse Rescue has placed 95% of all adoptable equines with good forever homes, and this success transfers over and empowers everyone involved to continue to make a positive difference in the community! For more information, visit www.farviewhorserescue.com or call 970-376-2103.About the ASPCA®Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/aspca. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Global Federation of Animal Sactuaries


Receive press releases from Global Federation of Animal Sactuaries: By Email Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation of Oklahoma is Verified by Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Guthrie, OK, October 28, 2016 --( Verification means that Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation meets the criteria of a true equine sanctuary/rescue and is providing humane and responsible care of the animals. To be awarded Verified status, an organization must meet GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed animal care standards which are confirmed by a site visit and they must also adhere to a demanding set of ethical and operational principles. The verification status also provides a clear and trusted means for the public, donors and grantors to recognize Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation as an exceptional organization. “We are proud to announce the recent verification of Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation,” said Valerie Taylor, GFAS Director of Accreditation. “Rehabilitation and re-training for off-the-track thoroughbred horses is of utmost importance to this organization, as evidenced by the care each equine receives prior to adoption. In addition, Horse and Hound’s focus on creating practical and purposeful relationships with horse owners, institutions, and stakeholders in the community demonstrates the organization’s commitment to equines-in-need in Oklahoma.” “Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation is thrilled to receive verification from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries,” said Nelda Kettles, Executive Director of Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation. “We are proud to have achieved the high standards which an organization must meet in order to be verified by GFAS. We look forward to continuing this relationship; we value the credibility that being verified by such a prestigious organization gives us, and acknowledge the peace-of-mind it provides to those we work with.” The GFAS Equine Accreditation Program is made possible by a generous grant from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® and the Kenneth Scott Charitable Trust. About Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the sole purpose of strengthening and supporting the work of animal sanctuaries, rescues, and rehabilitation centers worldwide. The goal of GFAS in working with and assisting these animal care facilities is to ensure they are supported, honored, recognized and rewarded for meeting important criteria in providing care to the animals in residence. GFAS was founded in 2007 by animal protection leaders from a number of different organizations in response to virtually unchecked and often hidden exploitation of animals for human entertainment and financial profit. The GFAS Board of Directors guides the organization’s work in a collaborative manner. While the board includes those in top leadership at Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and American Anti-Vivisection Society, all board members serve as individuals dedicated to animal sanctuaries. www.sanctuaryfederation.org. About Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation was created by a dedicated group of animal lovers to help find forever homes for off-the-track thoroughbred horses who could be rehabilitated and re-trained for a second career. For those animals that have injuries that would prohibit any further career, Horse and Hound offers lifetime sanctuary care. The organization operates solely with volunteer help, and no paid employees. Horse and Hound hopes that, even in some small way, they can provide assistance for animals in need. For more information, visit www.horseandhoundrescue.com or call 405-206-4689. About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/aspca. Guthrie, OK, October 28, 2016 --( PR.com )-- The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Verified status to Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation as of October 25, 2016.Verification means that Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation meets the criteria of a true equine sanctuary/rescue and is providing humane and responsible care of the animals. To be awarded Verified status, an organization must meet GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed animal care standards which are confirmed by a site visit and they must also adhere to a demanding set of ethical and operational principles. The verification status also provides a clear and trusted means for the public, donors and grantors to recognize Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation as an exceptional organization.“We are proud to announce the recent verification of Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation,” said Valerie Taylor, GFAS Director of Accreditation. “Rehabilitation and re-training for off-the-track thoroughbred horses is of utmost importance to this organization, as evidenced by the care each equine receives prior to adoption. In addition, Horse and Hound’s focus on creating practical and purposeful relationships with horse owners, institutions, and stakeholders in the community demonstrates the organization’s commitment to equines-in-need in Oklahoma.”“Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation is thrilled to receive verification from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries,” said Nelda Kettles, Executive Director of Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation. “We are proud to have achieved the high standards which an organization must meet in order to be verified by GFAS. We look forward to continuing this relationship; we value the credibility that being verified by such a prestigious organization gives us, and acknowledge the peace-of-mind it provides to those we work with.”The GFAS Equine Accreditation Program is made possible by a generous grant from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® and the Kenneth Scott Charitable Trust.About Global Federation of Animal SanctuariesGlobal Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the sole purpose of strengthening and supporting the work of animal sanctuaries, rescues, and rehabilitation centers worldwide. The goal of GFAS in working with and assisting these animal care facilities is to ensure they are supported, honored, recognized and rewarded for meeting important criteria in providing care to the animals in residence. GFAS was founded in 2007 by animal protection leaders from a number of different organizations in response to virtually unchecked and often hidden exploitation of animals for human entertainment and financial profit. The GFAS Board of Directors guides the organization’s work in a collaborative manner. While the board includes those in top leadership at Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and American Anti-Vivisection Society, all board members serve as individuals dedicated to animal sanctuaries. www.sanctuaryfederation.org.About Horse and Hound Rescue FoundationHorse and Hound Rescue Foundation was created by a dedicated group of animal lovers to help find forever homes for off-the-track thoroughbred horses who could be rehabilitated and re-trained for a second career. For those animals that have injuries that would prohibit any further career, Horse and Hound offers lifetime sanctuary care. The organization operates solely with volunteer help, and no paid employees. Horse and Hound hopes that, even in some small way, they can provide assistance for animals in need. For more information, visit www.horseandhoundrescue.com or call 405-206-4689.About the ASPCA®Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/aspca. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Global Federation of Animal Sactuaries


Receive press releases from Global Federation of Animal Sactuaries: By Email This Old Horse, Inc. of Minnesota is Accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Hastings, MN, December 24, 2016 --( Accreditation signifies that This Old Horse meets GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed equine care standards which are confirmed by a comprehensive site visit. Accreditation also signifies adherence to standards addressing the sustainability of the organization, ethical principles, finances, staffing, education outreach, security and safety and other operational aspects. “We are proud to announce the recent Accreditation of This Old Horse Inc.,” said Valerie Taylor, GFAS Director of Accreditation – Equine. “This organization is committed to providing sanctuary to retired and rescued equines - a much needed service in their local community- through several innovative programs designed to provide the utmost care, love and respect to recovering horses.” “Accreditation of our program by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries validates the high standards we establish in caring for all our horses despite their age or hardship circumstances. This is a great honor, a benchmark rarely attained in our industry and recognizes the uncompromising commitment of our staff and volunteers. We are both humbled and elated by this achievement," said Nancy Turner,” Executive Director of This Old Horse, Inc. The GFAS Equine Accreditation Program is made possible by a generous grant from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® and the Kenneth Scott Charitable Trust. About Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the sole purpose of strengthening and supporting the work of animal sanctuaries, rescues, and rehabilitation centers worldwide. The goal of GFAS in working with and assisting these animal care facilities is to ensure they are supported, honored, recognized and rewarded for meeting important criteria in providing care to the animals in residence. GFAS was founded in 2007 by animal protection leaders from a number of different organizations in response to virtually unchecked and often hidden exploitation of animals for human entertainment and financial profit. The GFAS Board of Directors guides the organization’s work in a collaborative manner. While the board includes those in top leadership at Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and American Anti-Vivisection Society, all board members serve as individuals dedicated to animal sanctuaries. www.sanctuaryfederation.org. About This Old Horse, Inc. Founded in 2012, This Old Horse is a private, volunteer-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide sanctuary to retired, rescued, and recovering horses while they continue to serve as ambassadors to the positive effect of "horse power" in the lives of people. ​ For more information about This Old Horse, Inc., call 651-437-1889, email info@thisoldhorse.org, or visit www.thisoldhorse.org About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/aspca. Hastings, MN, December 24, 2016 --( PR.com )-- The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries, awarded Accredited status to This Old Horse, Inc. as of December 22, 2016.Accreditation signifies that This Old Horse meets GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed equine care standards which are confirmed by a comprehensive site visit.Accreditation also signifies adherence to standards addressing the sustainability of the organization, ethical principles, finances, staffing, education outreach, security and safety and other operational aspects.“We are proud to announce the recent Accreditation of This Old Horse Inc.,” said Valerie Taylor, GFAS Director of Accreditation – Equine. “This organization is committed to providing sanctuary to retired and rescued equines - a much needed service in their local community- through several innovative programs designed to provide the utmost care, love and respect to recovering horses.”“Accreditation of our program by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries validates the high standards we establish in caring for all our horses despite their age or hardship circumstances. This is a great honor, a benchmark rarely attained in our industry and recognizes the uncompromising commitment of our staff and volunteers. We are both humbled and elated by this achievement," said Nancy Turner,” Executive Director of This Old Horse, Inc.The GFAS Equine Accreditation Program is made possible by a generous grant from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® and the Kenneth Scott Charitable Trust.About Global Federation of Animal SanctuariesGlobal Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the sole purpose of strengthening and supporting the work of animal sanctuaries, rescues, and rehabilitation centers worldwide. The goal of GFAS in working with and assisting these animal care facilities is to ensure they are supported, honored, recognized and rewarded for meeting important criteria in providing care to the animals in residence. GFAS was founded in 2007 by animal protection leaders from a number of different organizations in response to virtually unchecked and often hidden exploitation of animals for human entertainment and financial profit. The GFAS Board of Directors guides the organization’s work in a collaborative manner. While the board includes those in top leadership at Born Free USA, The Humane Society of the United States, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and American Anti-Vivisection Society, all board members serve as individuals dedicated to animal sanctuaries. www.sanctuaryfederation.org.About This Old Horse, Inc.Founded in 2012, This Old Horse is a private, volunteer-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide sanctuary to retired, rescued, and recovering horses while they continue to serve as ambassadors to the positive effect of "horse power" in the lives of people. ​ For more information about This Old Horse, Inc., call 651-437-1889, email info@thisoldhorse.org, or visit www.thisoldhorse.orgAbout the ASPCA®Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/aspca. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Global Federation of Animal Sactuaries


News Article | March 11, 2016
Site: www.techtimes.com

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) officials announced that the 13 bald eagles found dead in Maryland in February did not die of natural causes. The massacre is the largest die-off among U.S. national birds in three decades, prompting officials to offer a reward to capture the assailant responsible for the killing. Laboratory results have shown that the eagles did not die of any natural cause from a disease. Wildlife officials are hinting that the birds were killed by man-made actions but the agency declined to say whether they were poisoned. "Our investigation is now focused on human causes and bringing to justice the person(s) responsible for the death of these eagles," said Catherine J. Hibbard, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokeswoman. On Feb. 20, a citizen reported finding several dead eagles in the field near Laurel Grove Road and Richardson Road. When officials arrived in the location, they found a total of 13 dead bald eagles. This follows the removal of bald eagles in the list of endangered species. They are, however, still protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act which predisposes the assailant to fines of $100,000 and $5,000 respectively. The person or people, who may have murdered these birds, face up to one year imprisonment. The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, which was passed in 1940, provides protection of the bald eagle or the golden eagle by prohibiting its sale, purchase, transport and barter. It also prohibits the "take" of these animals which may include shooting, killing, poisoning or trapping them. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act which aims to protect birds that migrate across international borders. The Service is contributing about $2,500 reward for the capture of the one responsible for the killing. The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust offered an additional $5,000 reward. Other agencies, however, joined the pledge to make sure justice will be served. A combined total of $25,000 in reward money will be offered for information leading to the arrest of the persons responsible. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Phoenix Wildlife Center contributed to raise the reward money. The bald eagle is a U.S. National Emblem chosen on June 20, 1782 because of its long life, astonishing look and strength.


News Article | February 17, 2017
Site: www.sciencemag.org

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today restored some of the tens of thousands of animal welfare documents that it removed from its website early this month. In this announcement, the agency says that it is “posting the first batch of annual reports of research institutions and inspection reports” resulting from a “comprehensive review” that began with the complete removal of previously public documents that are generated by the agency as it enforces the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and the Horse Protection Act. The new announcement points readers to the reposted information on the USDA website, here. Those familiar with the records say USDA has so far restored only a small number of the previously posted documents. Among the data still unavailable are the vast majority of  reports from regular inspections of animal-holding facilities that are monitored under AWA, including puppy mills and zoos. A number of groups have sued USDA to force it to repost all of the records. “Under duress, the USDA is now attempting to get away with reposting only a tiny fraction of the animal welfare records it suddenly and indefensibly deleted … and that does not satisfy PETA [People for the Ethical Treatmeant of Animals] or the other plaintiffs in the pending lawsuit against it,” said Brittany Peet, director of captive animal law enforcement at the PETA Foundation in Washington, D.C. PETA has sued the agency to force it to restore the records, and says it won't drop the suit until USDA complies. Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in Washington, D.C., stated: "This is an important turnaround and a good start, but the USDA has a lot more to do here. Lawmakers, the press, animal advocates, and even the regulated community want transparency and accessible records." HSUS also noted that the agency has failed to repost documents that it agreed to make public under the terms of a 2009 legal settlement with the animal welfare group. Another reaction came from Speaking of Research, a group that supports the use of animals in research and has offices in the United States and the United Kingdom. "Speaking of Research welcomes the decision by the USDA to repost many annual reports and inspection reports to its website,” it said in a statement. “Such information helps foster and encourage a global trend towards openness in animal research. Nonetheless, there is more to do; all institutions which conduct or fund animal experiments should have a clear statement online, explaining how and why they do this, in order that the public can understand the important role of animals in research." The first batch of records being reposted, USDA wrote, come from U.S. research labs regulated under AWA. The department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service oversees more than 7800 animal holding facilities from zoos to circuses and aquariums, including roughly 1100 labs, some of them run by the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tanya Espinosa, a spokesperson for USDA in Riverdale, Maryland, added in an email: “This first batch of [documents] … was reviewed for personal information and reposted. We will continue posting documents over the next few weeks.” Members of Congress from both parties and both sides of Capitol Hill are not satisfied. Representative Vern Buchanan (R–FL), one of two co-chairs of the congressional Animal Protection Caucus, called the USDA response “insufficient,” adding: “This website protects animals and the database should be fully restored.” “Many questions still remain,” said Senator Debbie Stabenow (D–MI), the senior Democrat on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, which oversees USDA. Stabenow said she wants “clarity” about why the documents were removed to begin with. The USDA announcement also noted that reports of some enforcement actions—when USDA moves against violators of the law—are available for public viewing at the website of the agency’s Office of Administrative Law Judges. The move comes after a public outcry that included, in the last few days: a lawsuit by animal welfare groups; a letter of protest sent to the agency from 18 Senate Democrats; and this letter to President Donald Trump, sent by a bipartisan group of 101 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, demanding that the information be immediately reposted on the public website. The organizations that opposed the document blackout included groups that support medical research with animals, pet store chains, zoos and aquariums, and animal welfare groups. All argued that the lack of transparency would damage public trust and enforcement of animal welfare laws. On 22 February, another coalition of animal welfare groups sued USDA to force reposting of the documents. Like organizations that sued the agency last week , the groups—the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), the Companion Animal Protection Society, Stop Animal Exploitation Now, and Animal Folks—invoke the Freedom of Information Act in arguing that USDA is legally obliged to restore the records. But in their lawsuit, filed in federal court in the Northern District of California, the groups add a new legal twist. They argue that USDA also violated the Administrative Procedures Act. That law prohibits government agencies from taking actions that are “arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, or otherwise not in accordance with law[.]” And the four groups say that USDA’s action in removing the records fits this description. “The information blackout is a tremendous blow to transparency and undermines advocates who are working to protect hundreds of thousands of animals across the country,” Stephen Wells, executive director of ALDF, said in a statement. ALDF is based in San Francisco, California; the Companion Animal Protection Society and Stop Animal Exploitation NOW describe themselves as national nonprofits; and Animal Folks is based in St. Paul. Six Senate Democrats led by Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced a bill on 2 March that would return to public view thousands of animal welfare documents generated during enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act.  USDA removed the documents from its website on 3 February.  It began restoring them piecemeal on 17 February, but that has not satisfied critics, including some in Congress. “This legislation will ensure the restoration of all the data USDA recently wiped from its website,” Menendez said in a statement. In the House of Representatives, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and at least 30 cosponsors are planning to introduce an identical version of the Senate bill early next week.  Called the Animal Welfare Accountability and Transparency Act, it would also take away a valuable tax benefit for five years from companies that violate the Animal Welfare Act or the Horse Protection Act. *Update, 3 March, 4 pm: Information on the introduction of a bill in Congress was added. It would force USDA to return all documents removed from its website to public view. *Update, 22 February, 4:25 p.m.: Information on the lawsuit brought by ALDF and other groups was added to the story. *Update, 17 February, 4:25 p.m.: Comments from Senator Debbie Stabenow and Representative Vern Buchanan were added, as was an example of the kind of data still missing from the USDA website. *Update, 17 February, 2:30 p.m.: Comment from the PETA Foundation was added.


News Article | February 20, 2017
Site: www.sej.org

"In the opening weeks of the Trump administration, the state of animal welfare—as with so much other policy—is in upheaval. On February 9, the administration froze the implementation of the just-passed Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP)—the only comprehensive federal law that regulates the welfare of animals raised for food. The freeze comes on the heels of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) removing Animal Welfare Act inspection reports from its website. These cover compliance (and violations) of facilities that raise animals commercially for sale as pets, for biomedical research, and for zoos and circuses—but not those raised for food. In fact, only animals on the way to slaughter and in the slaughterhouse are covered under existing national law. The USDA says it removed the data for privacy reasons and because of ongoing litigation. In response, PETA and half a dozen other animal rights groups have filed suit against the USDA, charging the agency with violating the Freedom of Information Act. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is also taking steps toward legal action, and Senator Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey), calling it a “transparency issue,” has demanded that the USDA immediately restore this data. Meanwhile, activists have recovered the deleted data and made it publicly available at thememoryhole2.org. Yesterday, a bipartisan group of 101 U.S. Representatives sent a letter to the White House protesting the move and demanding the data be reinstated."


News Article | February 19, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The federal Department of Agriculture has reposted inspection reports on certain animal testing labs on its website after a decision two weeks ago to remove a large online database of animal welfare records prompted complaints. The agency announced its decision to put the reports online Friday and said more reports could be added as it continues a review of what types of information it puts online. The reposted documents include annual reports of animal research institutions and inspection reports for certain federal research labs. Still missing from the database are inspection reports for other facilities, such as dog and horse breeding centers and zoos. All told the agency inspects about 9,000 facilities annually. The decision to remove the database angered animal rights groups and prompted a letter Friday from U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer of New York and Bob Menendez of New Jersey. The two Democrats urged the agency to reconsider. Schumer, the Senate's top Democrat, said that the database helped expose puppy mills and other inhumane facilities and that its removal put animals at risk. "When it comes to protecting animals and potential pets, the Trump administration's USDA has just dropped the ball by doing away with access to information that safeguards vulnerable animals and outs abusive puppy mills," Schumer said. According to a statement on the USDA website Friday, the entire database was taken down as part of an ongoing review of the agency's online publications. In addition, the agency had said previously it was seeking to balance the need for transparency with personal privacy. "The agency will continue to review records and determine which information is appropriate for reposting," the agency said, adding that the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is "committed to ensuring the welfare of animals." The Humane Society of the United States called the decision to repost some of the reports "a step in the right direction." "This is an important turnaround and a good start, but the USDA has a lot more to do here," said Humane Society President and CEO Wayne Pacelle. "Lawmakers, the press, animal advocates, and even the regulated community want transparency and accessible records." People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which is part of a legal challenge to the USDA's decision to remove the database, said it is not satisfied with the agency's actions on Friday. "Under duress, the USDA is now attempting to get away with reposting only a tiny fraction of the animal welfare records it suddenly and indefensibly deleted from its website two weeks ago," said Brittany Peet, director of captive animal law enforcement at the PETA Foundation. The Associated Press first reported on the USDA removing the inspection reports earlier this month.


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