HPA Inspection Reports Removed From APHIS Website

Going forward those seeking HPA inspection and enforcement information must submit a Freedom of Information Act request.

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As of Feb. 3, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has removed Horse Protection Act (HPA) inspection reports from its website.

APHIS enforces the HPA, which forbids soring, and certifies groups and individuals that carry out HPA compliance inspections on horses at shows.

In a written statement, APHIS said it has “implemented actions to remove certain personal information from documents it posts on (its) website involving the Horse Protection Act.

“Going forward, APHIS will remove from its website inspection reports, regulatory correspondence, research facility annual reports, and enforcement records that have not received final adjudication,” the statement said

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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