CHICAGO (CBS) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is one of 18 Democratic senators asking the Trump administration to restore puppy mill records on the U.S. Department of Agriculture website.
About 10 days ago, the USDA abruptly removed inspection reports about the treatment of animals at dog breeding facilities, research labs, and zoos.READ MORE: Man Shot, Critically Wounded Near Lincoln And California Avenues
The department said it did that because of privacy laws, after conducting a comprehensive review.READ MORE: Woman Seriously Injured In Hit-And-Run In Lakeview, Half A Mile West Of Wrigley Field
Now, a group of 18 Democratic senators – including Senator Durbin – has sent the USDA a letter, asking that the reports be put back online.
The department has said that information is still available, but it must be requested under the Freedom of Information Act. The senators’ letter said that could take months or years.MORE NEWS: Bills That Would Strengthen Privacy For Sexual Assault Victims One Step Closer to Becoming Law After CBS 2 Investigation
Seven states have laws that require pet stores to get puppies from breeders with good USDA inspection records; information that might be hard to come by now. Illinois, by the way, is not one of those seven.