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Articles about the USDA

Under its Secretary, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has the responsibility of enforcing the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), and yet it fails to do this and its behaviour is little more than farcical on occasions.
The following is a small sample of articles that deal with the USDA's feeble response to the protection of animals and its failings in this respect. The articles cover a wide range of subjects that testify to the USDA's overall poor handling of different issues related to animal welfare. Indeed, the 'U' in its name would be better suited for 'Useless'.

'The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) — which is responsible for enforcing the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), the only federal law that explicitly protects animals used for entertainment — has consistently renewed the licenses of even the most egregious animal abusers' *

Beheaded cat, maimed goat spark scrutiny of research labs
Why the Animal Welfare Act doesn’t protect animal welfare
Government admits USDA does not enforce laws on puppy millers
USDA - Failure to enforce Animal Welfare Act
Industry watchdog “Dumbfounded” by USDA’s failure to enforce organic law
Circuses - Citations (and other problems)
USDA failure (pdf)
'PETA files federal lawsuit against USDA over treatment of captive bears ', Smoky Mountain News, 6 November 2013
USDA remains unresponsive, unconcerned, and uninformed about Nosey [the elephant]
Judge wings USDA over bird abuse
USDA failure may have helped cause salmonella egg outbreak
Death highlights USDA failure to protect captive elephants
Want a lifetime pass to abuse animals? Get a USDA exhibitor’s license
New Yorkers against puppy mills