I'm a National Geographic reporter investigating USDA enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act—AMA!
Hi, I’m Rachel Fobar, and I write about wildlife crime and exploitation for National Geographic. For this story on the USDA’s enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act, I interviewed former USDA employees who say inspectors were encouraged to look the other way when faced with poor welfare. Many believe the agency caters to business interests over animal welfare, and experts say that while enforcement has reached new lows in recent years, it’s been insufficient for decades. Thanks for reading and ask me anything!
Read the full story here: https://on.natgeo.com/30MAuYb
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EDIT: Thanks so much for your questions! I really enjoyed answering them, but I have to run now. Thanks again for your interest!