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.
— BFP (@beaglefreedom) February 5, 2017
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.
— Danielle (@dnmbella) February 8, 2017
Pet guardians are sharing photos of their beloved rescue animals now thriving in a loving home.
— Amber McFarland (@Amber3Mc) February 8, 2017
The pictures are heartwarming and seem to get the message across with few words needed.
— TiffanyK (@TiffKinn) February 11, 2017
These animal lovers agree that all animal lives matter.
— katie straka (@SPN411) February 11, 2017
Human rights violations are made public. Registered sex offenders, for example, are reported on a public database.
— Dale Rutz (@DaleRutz) February 8, 2017
So animal rights activists argue that animal welfare records should be available to the public, too.
— Dr. Floyd Venkman (@slabowl) February 8, 2017
Literally, animals of all kinds are speaking out.
— Olivia Britz-Wheat (@obritztattoos) February 8, 2017
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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