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Hello!

My name is (name). I'm a (constituent, concerned citizen, research scientist) and I am concerned by the removal of the Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act Compliance Information from the USDA's website. Though these are but two datasets, I fear that more and more publicly available information may be removed at the behest of the new administration. To paraphrase Julia Wapner, "The knowledge that the government collected is our knowledge, and as a country, we have a right to it.”

As James Madison wrote, "Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

I'd like to see the aforementioned datasets returned to open public access, and I'd like to know what your plan is moving forward to protect and safeguard the federal datasets still available.

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