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Update: On 6 February, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) took the first steps toward legal action against the USDA. In 2009, HSUS and the USDA reached a legal agreement that the agency post certain information, such as annual reports, about animal use in labs on its website, or make that information accessible to the public. In a letter sent to the Department of Justice, lawyers representing HSUS threatened to reopen the case if the USDA did not restore the data immediately.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) agency charged with ensuring the humane treatment of large research animals, such as primates and goats, has quietly scrubbed all inspection reports and enforcement records from its website. The move has drawn criticism from animal-welfare and transparency activists who say the public has the right to know how their tax dollars are being used.

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), which also oversees animals in circuses, zoos and those sold commercially as pets, says that making the data publicly available posed a threat to individuals’ privacy.

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