ALERT! ALL USDA LICENSEES
Current licenses may want to check on your inspection reports periodically online. We have just confirmed that the USDA will change information on the report months, even years, after they were written, given to the licensee and posted online for public access.
IF YOU ARE WAITING FOR A HEARING . . . this advice is of particular importance as the agency will alter "evidence" in order to make you look worse than you already do. It usually happens the most before hearings.
The most common alterations the Animal Care staff are making in inspection reports is the addition of the status, "CRITICAL", to certain citations in the report. Below is an example which was a recent occurrence.,
According to the USDA Animal Welfare Inspection Guide, inspection reports cannot be modified or changed to add a "Direct", "Indirect", "Critical", or "Repeat" designation or an additional citation to an inspection report after it has been given to the licensee or registrant." A licensee may also see how additional details are added to "beef up" accusations on the reports which the state may cite the licensee on as well. This seems to be an effort, after the fact, of the USDA and DEC staff to work together in order to coordinate false accusations against the licensee. For some reason, they may think the Court would deem accusations more likely to have occurred if there are "matching reactions", so to speak, of the same charges to which a licensee pled.
This is why our facility is in civil disobedience. All of this obsession with only certain people following the "laws", which sometimes are even made up and changed on a dime in order to entrap the same people is sickening when those people who willingly and flagrantly violate any law, rule or regulation is the staff itself. It's a hindrance or handicap to follow laws anymore since the administrative agencies play so dirty.
There are many other ways the USDA sets up exotic animal owners to fail. These tactics are as follows: