The Other Animal-Welfare Documents APHIS Deleted

>>> They did it again. At the beginning of February, the USDA’s animal-welfare division (APHIS) suddenly deleted tens of thousands of documents. This led to a media firestorm and a national outcry, including demands from Senators and Representatives that the database be restored. So what did APHIS do? While this was happening, they quietly deleted another set of documents from their website.

On February 24, they wiped out all documents having to do with around 860 Freedom of Information Act requests from 2010 and 2011 (other years were never posted). For each request, APHIS had posted the request letter and the response letter, plus any documents that were released as a result, which covered investigations of breeders and zoos, a list of people fined for mistreating horses, the practice of shooting wildlife from helicopters, the safety of rabies vaccines, and a database of every marine mammal in captivity in the US.

For most of these requests, there were APHIS documents released, and in the majority of cases, there were multiple documents. My estimate is that well over 1,000 documents were pulled, maybe even 2,000, totaling over 10,000 pages. (And this doesn’t include all the request and response letters. Counting those would add another 1,720 documents.)

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This was the location: www.aphis.usda.gov/foia/efoia_list.php. And in the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, you can still see the listings of FOIA requests, although you can’t get to the documents. (APHIS has left up the documents related to one FOIA request – it involves their investigation into how Monsanto’s transgenic wheat showed up in an Oregon farmer’s field.)

Retrieving each individual document was a multi-step process that involved going back and forth between the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine and Google’s cache. Because webpages and other documents usually disappear from Google’s cache days after they go offline, the clock was ticking.

Not every request resulted in documents being released, and for the ones that did, those documents weren’t always retrievable. But for the requests that led to documents being released, which were still retrievable, I grabbed what sounded like the most important ones.

Below, I’ve reposted the documents associated with 79 requests. (APHIS’s description of each request is in quote marks, and each number is the number APHIS assigned to that FOIA request.)

11-358 – “Photos visuals or laboratory records relating to citations at various laboratories”

11-358 Response

11-358 Records

 

10-340 – “AWA [Animal Welfare Act] Penalties Paid – 2008 to 2009”

10-340 Records

 

11-290 – “List of Individuals Violating The Horse Protection Act”

11-290 Response

11-290 Records

 

10-042 – “Records Showing Who Received Tickets For Violation of the Horse Protection Act”

10-042 Response

10-042 Records 2

10-042 Records 1

 

11-421 – “List Of Those Who Violated Federal Regulation For Commercial Transportation Of Equines To Slaughter”

11-421 Response

11-421 Records

 

11-179 – “Inventory of Breeders In Eastern and Western Districts”

11-179 Response

11-179 Records

 

11-284 – “Names and Addresses of Puppy Mills In Michigan”

11-284 Response

11-284 Record

 

10-077 – “Class B dealers supplying live dogs and cats for research teaching and testing who are urnder investigation for violating AWA [Animal Welfare Act]”

10-077 Response 3

10-077 Records 3

10-077 Records 2

 

11-414 – “A complete copy of The Marine Mammal inventory database”

11-414 Response

11-414 Record

 

11-086 – “License Registration Inspection System LARIS Data” [LARIS is a database used “to record licensing and registration of all breeders, exhibitors, and other facilities and to document their inspection and violation histories”]

11-086_Update_02_08_2011

11-086_Annual_Usage_Counts_2007_Present

11-086 Response 2

11-086 Response 1

 

11-085 – “Animal Welfare and Scientific Research Conference”

11-085 Response

11-085 Record

 

11-238 – “Animal Inventory Data For Various Circuses”

11-238 Response 2

11-238 Response 1

11-238 Records 2

11-238 Records 1

 

11-634 – “Documents regarding the Carson and Barnes Circus and the death of African elephant Joy”

11-634 Response

11-634 Records

 

11-587 – “Repair order inspection reports of Ringling Brother”

11-587 Response 2

11-587 Response 1

11-587 Record 2

11-587 Record 1

 

11-313 – “Documents relating to export of killer whales from Sea World to Loro Parque”

11-313 Response

11-313 Records

 

11-126 – “Killer Whale Lolita” [at Miami Seaquarium]

11-126 Response

11-126 Records

 

11-279 – “Tank Belonging To Lolita At The Miami Seaquarium”

11-279 Response

11-279 Records

 

10-466 – “Miami Seaquarium”

10-466 Records

 

10-571 – “APHIS Form 7003” [all applications for new licenses and license renewals for breeders, dealers, exhibitors, and carriers in Minnesota]

10-571 Response

10-571 Records 3

10-571 Records 2

10-571 Records 1

 

11-681 – “Documents related to USDA licensed commercial dog and cat breeders and brokers in Minnesota”

11-681 Response 2

11-681 Response 1

11-681 Records 2

11-681 Records 1

 

11-247 – “Animal Inventory Count for Class A and B Breeders in Minnesota”

11-247 Response

11-247 Records

 

10-674 – “Complaint W10-093” [about a Florida man who boxes a kangaroo for the public. If you thought this shit only happens in cartoons, think again]

10-674 Response

10-674 Records

 

10-641 – “Form 10-13 for horses shipped to Mexico for slaughter” [“copies of all 10-13 forms pertaining to horses shipped to Mexico for slaughter dated from January 1, 2010 to Freedom of Information August I, 2010.”]

10-641 Response

10-641 Records

 

11-240 – “Commercial transport of equine to slaughter”

11-240 Response 2

11-240 Response 1

11-240 Records 2a

11-240 Records 2

 

11-539 – “Owner Shipper papers for horses shipped to slaughter by Nickerson Livestock”

11-539 Records 3

11-539 Records 2

11-539 Records 1

 

11-006 – “Horse Industry Organizations” [“records from each of the 14 licensed Horse Industry Organizations showing the appeals that have been submitted to HIO during 2009 -2010.”]

11-006 Records

11-006 Response

 

10-429 – “Adverse Event Reports Pertaining to PreveNile”

10-429 Record

 

10-066 – “Imrab 3 TF Rabies Vaccine”

10-066 records

 

11-445 – “Documents related to complaints regarding the Three Bears Habitat in Pigeon Forge”

11-445 Response

11-445 Records

 

11-668 – “USDA records related to the Zoological Wildlife Foundation”

11-668 Response

11-668 Records

 

 

11-638 Response

11-638 Records

 

10-685 – “City of Topeka Zoo”

10-685 Request

10-685 Record 3

10-685 Record 2

10-685 Record 1

 

11-221 – “Copy of Complaint Regarding Chattanooga Zoo”

11-221 Response

11-221 Records

 

11-763 – “Inspection reports for the St. Louis Zoological Park”

11-763 Response

11-763 Records

 

11-097 – “Records Regarding Great Ape Experience”

11-097 Response

11-097 Records

 

11-063 – “Cricket Hollow Zoo- W10-162”

11-063 Response

11-063 Records

 

11-043 – “Investigation of San Francisco Zoological Gardens”

11-043 Response

11-043 Records

 

10-687 – “Chief Saunooke Bear Park and Cherokee Bear Zoo”

10-687 Response

10-687 Records

 

10-699 – “Request for Various Complaints” [actions taken against 5 zoos and circuses]

10-699 Record 1

10-699 Response

10-699 Record 3

 

10-056 – “The Elephant Sanctuary”

10-056 records

10-056 response

 

10-218 – “Aerial Gunning of Wildlife”

10-218 response

10-218 record

 

11-261- “All documents relating to the aerial gunning in Wilderness Areas and Study Areas in Nevada”

11-261 Response 2

11-261 Response 1

11-261 Records 2

11-261 Records 1

 

11-193 – “Number of Bears Taken [killed] from 1992 thru 2010”

11-193 Response

11-193 Records

 

10-514 – “Wolf Take [killing] Permits in Eastern Oregon”

10-514 Response

10-514 Record

 

11-701 – “Documents related to mountain lions taken [killed] by USDA Wildlife Services in California”

11-701 Response

11-701 Records

 

10-639 – “Culling of Canada Geese”

10-639 Response

10-639 Records

 

10-529 – “Beaver Trapping”

10-529 Response

10-529 Records

 

10-001 – “Deer Culling_Grand Haven MI”

10-001Response

10-001Records

 

11-758 – “Copy of trapper field diaries relating to three golden eagles caught in Wyoming in 2009”

11-758 Records

11-758 Response

 

11-735 – “Documents related to the non-target take [killing] of a bald eagle in a leg hold trap 2005”

11-735 Response

11-735 Records

 

11-615 – “Documents related to several exotic birds intentionally killed with pole and raptor traps”

11-615 Records

 

11-608 – “Documents related to 60 ravens intentionally killed with toxicant DRC-1339 in California”

11-608 Response

11-608 Records

 

11-605 – “Documents relating to ten coyotes reportedly unintentionally killed in California”

11-605 Records

 

11-519 – “Information regarding Golden Eagles killed in Wyoming that was mentionedi in online report by APHIS”

11-519 Response

11-519 Records

 

11-484 “comment on p 16DO NOT POST” [“all animal action reports for wildlife services taken in California during 2009 and 2010.”]

11-484 Response

11-484 Records 2

11-484 Records 1

 

11-146 – “Permit to Kill Geese in Bends Park”

11-146 Response

11-146 Records 2

11-146 Records 1

 

10-549 – “Complaints Against University of Kansas Medical Center”

10-549 Response

10-549 Records

 

10-683 – “Vaccine Batch at Colorado Serum Company” [use of hamsters in medical texting]

10-683 Response

10-683 Record

 

11-001 – “Colorado Serum Company” [animal experimentation]

11-001 Response

11-001 Records

 

10-248 – “Communications Between Vanderbilt University and USDA APHIS AC”

10-248 Records

10-248 Response

 

11-054 – “Records Regarding Auburn University”

11-054 Response 1

11-054 Records 2

11-054 Records 1

 

10-476 – “Use of Live Pigs Baystate Medical Center”

10-476 Record

 

11-282 – “Documents related to USDA licensed commercial facilities in Iowa”

11-282 Response 4

11-282 Response 2

11-282 Response 1

11-282 Request

11-282 Records 4

11-282 Records 2

11-282 Records 1

 

11-276 – “Copies of Various Complaints” [against specific zoos, circuses, and sanctuaries]

11-276 Records 1

11-276 Response

 

11-516 – “Copy of Inspection Reports for Several Exhibitors” [zoos, sanctuaries, etc.]

11-516 Response

11-516 Records

 

11-093 – “Cougar Attack Lisbon OH”

11-093 Response

11-093 Records

 

11-067 – “Animal Inc.- Madison, WI”

11-067 Response

11-067 Records

 

11-376 – “Inspection history of Paul Morell Florida for years prior to 2007”

11-376 Response

11-376 Records

 

11-460 – “Copy of records regarding dog breeder Pat Crabtree of Saint Francis KS and Tiny Town Texas of Wills Point TX”

11-460 Response

11-460 Records

 

11-560 – “Documents related to Complaint E11-112 against Bret Lincoln”

11-560 Records

 

11-144 – “Records Regarding Jeff Fortin”

11-144 Records

 

11-267 – “Records Related to Monalisa Laucomer”

11-267 Response

11-267 Records 2

11-267 Records 1

 

11-677 – “Documents regarding breeder Robert Brownlee”

11-677 Response

11-677 Record 2

 

11-116 – “Travel Itineraries for Joe Schreibvogel and Hugo Liebil”

11-116 Response

11-116 Records

 

10-703 – “BJs and Guys LLC Menlo KS”

10-703 Response

10-703 Record

 

10-112 – “Steve Kruse – Stonehenge Kennel”

10-112 records

 

10-587 – “Wildlife Hazards Assessment Cooperative Agreements” [Pennsylvania airports]

10-587 Record

10-587 Response

 

10-165 – “Franklin County Starling Incident”

10-165 Response

10-165 Records

 

11-053 – “Chembio Diagnostic Inc”

11-053 Response

11-053 Records 1

 

10-462 – “Form 3-177 Declaration Packages”

10-462 Response

10-462 Record

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