Research guide resources:
|Freedom of Information Act requests|
You should also submit a Freedom of InformationAct (FOIA) request** for USDA Inspection Reports and Annual Reports filedin the last three years for the institution(s) you are investigating (USDAdoes not inspect DOD facilities; you should ask the DOD facilities themselvesfor their own inspections). The Inspection Reports will show if there isa continuing pattern of Animal Welfare Act violations, while the AnnualReports will show annual totals, including for the number and species ofanimal, and how many animals are used in research falling under CategoryD on the Report (pain and distress, but animals given analgesics) and CategoryE (pain and distress, no analgesics given). Keep in mind that researchersoften minimize animal pain, so these categories do not give a true pictureof suffering.