Petland recently issued a response to the USDA’s decision to remove breeder inspection reports from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website. The breeder inspection reports were part of a larger set of USDA documents that were recently pulled as part of what’s been described as a “comprehensive review” of public USDA materials.
“This decision by the USDA places a significant burden on Petland as we must now obtain USDA inspection reports from individual breeders. While we applaud the USDA for protecting licensee privacy, we encourage USDA to find a balance that affords both privacy and public transparency.”
— Joe Watson, President & CEO, Petland
The USDA’s decision to unpublish many of its records and reports has been met with wide disapproval from members of the animal welfare community and the pet industry. The breeder inspection reports serve as important tools for pet stores and consumers when purchasing pets. The reports contain evaluations of animal breeders and allow prospective buyers to distinguish high quality, standards-compliant breeders from more unscrupulous ones. Without publicly available breeder inspection reports, it may become more difficult for pet stores and breeders to make informed decisions about the sources of their pets.
Source: Petland Reacts to USDA Decision