What the USDA Purge of Animal Welfare Records Means to One Michigan Group: An Interview with Puppy Mill Awareness Founder

For the past eight years, members of Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan (PMA) have stood outside with picket signs and flyers. They have commissioned sculptures at the Plymouth Ice Festival and set up shop at art fairs and public jubilees. You may have seen them at the state capital lobbying for stricter breeding laws, or at your city council meeting contesting the ethics of selling sick dogs for profit. Last Friday, however, an action by the United States Department of Agriculture put PMA, and many other advocacy organizations, at a huge disadvantage. Without warning, all reports of animal welfare, including animal abuse, were purged from the USDA website, leaving many activists questioning how to effectively continue their work. Click here for the rest of the story.


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