The Animal Welfare Act sets minimum standards of animal care by four main types of licensees: commercial animal dealers, exhibitors (such as zoos), research facilities, and transporters. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) tries to make sure licensees meet those standards, and issues violation citations when they do not.
The agency provides an online portal containing its inspections but, frustratingly, no option to download the full dataset. The portal’s structured data also lack important information, such as the type of inspection and the list of species inspected — information that is available only in the inspection report PDFs.
- A CSV spreadsheet of every inspection (date, entity, inspection type, violation counts, license number, license type) going back to 2014.
- Another CSV listing all species-level counts of the animals inspected.
- An RSS feed listing the inspections we’ve most recently discovered, and another limited to inspections with critical citations.
We’ve also uploaded all the inspection report PDFs to a public, searchable project on DocumentCloud.