1. Puppy mills and other animal breeding and research facilities will not be inspected for humane care, complaints will not be investigated and violators will not be prosecuted. The USDA website is dark so the public does not have access to the inspection/violation database.
2. Animals in federal facilities will receive minimal care and adoptions of wild horses and burros will stop. The USDA oversight and inspection will not be provided at Tennessee walking horse shows, and USDA will not be able to impose penalties upon violators to prevent cruelty to these horses.
3. Some food safety, pet health and research programs will be suspended which will cause a delay on important rules to ensure pet food safety and delay work on developing more efficient and cost-effective methods of using non-animal alternatives in research.
4. There will be no federal response for marine mammal strandings except for issues of public health and safety or live animal safety. The government will continue to respond to live animals that need immediate treatment, such as those with life threatening entanglements or beached cetaceans.
The entire statement by the Humane Society of the United States can be found here.
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