Since the abrupt removal of breeder inspection information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) website, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) and the pet industry have been scrambling to determine what its impact will be on the pet trade and what information the USDA will ultimately be providing to the public.  In order to express industry concerns and to clarify USDA’s anticipated path forward, PIJAC met with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) leadership in Washington, DC. 


The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) is responding to a major policy change by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week to remove inspection reports and other documents including personal information, such as “regulatory correspondence, research facility annual reports, and enforcement records that have not received final adjudication” from their website.


The Center for Biological Diversity is suing to get the “Declared Value of Wildlife” and “Foreign Importer/Exporter” information on all animals imported into the United States.  The Fish and Wildlife Service is taking comments from affected parties until December 16th on whether or not to release the information. We need those impacted to send comments. Although the issue at hand is similar, this is a different lawsuit than Humane Society Int’l v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife.