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APHIS To Issue Welfare Enforcement Information

30 April 2010

US - The US Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will begin issuing press releases announcing the outcome of enforcement actions it has taken in response to violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

APHIS Administrator, Cindy Smith, explained: "It is clear that certain repeat offenders are not taking issues of animal welfare and humane treatment seriously enough. In turn, APHIS will not only be moving more swiftly to take enforcement action, but we will be making information about those enforcement actions available to the public on our web site."

Beginning in June, APHIS will issue monthly press releases that include case summaries where the agency is charging people and businesses with violations of the AWA. The press releases will also provide summary information about closed enforcement cases and penalties levied.

The agency previously issued press releases of this nature but discontinued the practice in 2002.

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