USDA APHIS Animal Welfare Act complaints database

Ben Welsh filed this request with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service of the United States of America.
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From: Ben Welsh

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

An electronic database export, in spreadsheet format, of all Animal Welfare Act related complaints received by your office. The program is described at the following URL:

I request that, at the minimum, the following fields be released:

* Name of the individual or business
* Address of the individual or business or location where you saw the animal or activity
* USDA License or Registration number if known
* Date on which you saw the animal or activity
* Description of what you saw and have concerns about

I do *not* request the release of complainant's name and contact information. That can be withheld.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Ben Welsh


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