Access winning out in Agriculture Department scuttling of animal welfare documents

After the U.S. Department of Agriculture purged thousands of documents on animal welfare, an Arizona man published the documents on his website. Russ Kick operates a website,, to republish discarded information from government agencies. He wants to boost transparency by making such information more easily available to the public. (Time, February 17, 2017, by Melissa Chan)

Responding to public pressure over its scrubbing of its website, the Agriculture Department reversed itself and began re-posting some of the animal welfare documents. The scrubbing had blocked access to inspection records and violations of animal welfare at animal facilities. (Time, February 17, 2017, by Melissa Chan)