Pet Owners Use Hashtags to Shame USDA into Restoring Animal Welfare Records

Posted by Stacey Venzel
Twitter photos of pets

In response to the Agriculture Department's shut-down of public records on pet abuse, owners and animal rights supporters are using Twitter to speak out.

Two weeks ago, the USDA made a harsh decision to remove records of animal welfare from its website.

Pet owners and animal lovers of all walks of life are outraged. They've taken to social media to tweet their disapproval and the hashtag #noUSDAblackout is trending.

Other hashtags are also in the spotlight voicing opposition to recent legal rulings that don't protect animal rights. After the Trump administration halted a law that would prevent soring of horses, #attackonanimals and #resist went viral.

Pet guardians are sharing photos of their beloved rescue animals now thriving in a loving home.

The pictures are heartwarming and seem to get the message across with few words needed.

These animal lovers agree that all animal lives matter.

Human rights violations are made public. Registered sex offenders, for example, are reported on a public database.

So animal rights activists argue that animal welfare records should be available to the public, too.

Literally, animals of all kinds are speaking out.

The USDA cited security reasons for removing public records and it remains to be seen if they will be made available again, although there is already a lawsuit in the works.

What do you think about the USDA ban? Tell us in the comments below.

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Pet Owners Use Hashtags to Shame USDA into Restoring Animal Welfare Records