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(7,178 posts)
Wed Feb 8, 2017, 03:01 PM Feb 2017

Demand that the USDA Restore Its Puppy Mill Inspection Database .

Demand that the @USDA Restore Its Puppy Mill Inspection Database . PLEASE SIGN AND RETWEET

PETITION: https://www.change.org/p/demand-that-the-usda-restore-its-puppy-mill-inspection-database?recruiter=75760663&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_twitter_responsive

By gutting USDA animal abuse records, Trump has now made the torture, experimentation and mutilation of puppies and kittens legal.

The Humane Society is fighting back after USDA hides animal welfare data http://huff.to/2kJmBU1

USDA removes online database critical to animal welfare work

REMINDER: Here was HRC's platform on our pets & other earth-mates:

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(70,983 posts)
1. I saw Maddow's report on this last night! Can't fanthom that Trump wants us to request a FOIA
Wed Feb 8, 2017, 03:06 PM
Feb 2017

(have to pay for these don't you??) just to get this data that Fed workers collect for us!!

What else can we do?

I called both my Senators this morning about this issue.



(7,178 posts)
3. How much does it cost to make a FOIA request? Found answer here:
Wed Feb 8, 2017, 03:34 PM
Feb 2017

How much does it cost to make a FOIA request?

There is no initial fee required to submit a FOIA request, but the FOIA does provide for the charging of certain types of fees in some instances.

For a typical requester the agency can charge for the time it takes to search for records and for duplication of those records. There is usually no charge for the first two hours of search time or for the first 100 pages of duplication.

You may always include in your request letter a specific statement limiting the amount that you are willing to pay in fees. If an agency estimates that the total fees for processing your request will exceed $25, it will notify you in writing of the estimate and offer you an opportunity to narrow your request in order to reduce the fees. If you agree to pay fees for a records search, you may be required to pay such fees even if the search does not locate any releasable records.

Can I ask that any fees be waived?

You may request a waiver of fees. Under the FOIA, fee waivers are limited to situations in which a requester can show that the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations and activities of the government and is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester. Requests for fee waivers from individuals who are seeking records on themselves usually do not meet this standard. In addition, a requester's inability to pay fees is not a legal basis for granting a fee waiver.


(70,983 posts)
5. Thanks for information. I remember just downloading a report to show someone not to long
Wed Feb 8, 2017, 03:40 PM
Feb 2017

ago. Waste of time to request it from the gov!!


(29,406 posts)
6. Yes! Switchboard is 202-224-3121.
Wed Feb 8, 2017, 04:06 PM
Feb 2017
Once the operator answers, ask to be connected to whomever you are trying to reach. They will send you to your senator's or representative's office line, and a legislative assistant will answer the phone.

It is important to let them know why you are calling and what issue you are calling about. You will sometimes be able to speak directly to your senator or representative, but more often you will speak to a staff person in the member's office. This person keeps track of how many people called and their positions on issues, and provides a summary to the member. Be assured that your call does count, even if you are not able to speak directly to your senator or representative.

It is usually most effective to call your own senators and representatives, as each is primarily concerned with residents from his or her district. However, you may occasionally find it useful to call other members, if they are on a certain committee or in a particular position to help get a bill passed.


(70,983 posts)
7. or FAX them free here...
Wed Feb 8, 2017, 04:41 PM
Feb 2017

I posted this for McConnell but can be used for anyone....

Stephen Bolen 🗽 ?@sbolen 16h16 hours ago

Mitch McConnell’s email inbox is full. Let’s jam his faxes with the Coretta Scott King letter now.

DC Office 📠: (202) 224-2499

also see:


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By water willow
Thursday Feb 02, 2017 · 6:24 PM CST

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Feb 02 · 06:42:47 PM

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