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The Physicians Committee

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Physicians Committee, Members of Congress Call on USDA to Restore Animal Welfare Database

WASHINGTON—The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, in cooperation with the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, convened a coalition of lawmakers, legal scholars, and organizations on Capitol Hill Thursday, June 6, to bring attention to the federal government’s withholding of animal welfare information. The briefing, held in the Capitol Visitor Center, was in partnership with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.). Speakers from five other advocacy organizations also spoke to the 125 attendees at the briefing.

Physicians Committee Statement: USDA Budges on Animal Welfare Database, But Not Enough

Earlier this week, the Physicians Committee and a coalition of other organizations filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in order to restore the agency's online animal welfare database. Today, USDA announced that it would post a small number of documents online. However, the agency needs to restore the entire database—and we won't stop working until it does.