FOIA Reading Room
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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Reading Room

Welcome to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Electronic Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Reading Room.

The FOIA Electronic Reading Room contains documents specifically identified for inclusion by the FOIA, as well as documents for which we have received multiple FOIA requests.

The documents that are required to be made available by the FOIA are:

  • final opinions made in the adjudication of cases;
  • statements of policy and interpretations adopted by the agency;
  • staff manuals and instructions that affect the public;
  • records that have been released in response to multiple written requests for information under the FOIA or are likely to be requested again.

APHIS only maintains an electronic reading room. If you should need assistance using the APHIS Electronic Reading Room, you may contact the FOIA Office at 301-851-4102.

FOIA Guidance and Resources  

APHIS Policy Manuals, Opinions, Reports and Directives  

Documents Released by FOIA Requests and Proactive Postings  

This category consists of any records that have been processed and disclosed in response to a FOIA request that APHIS determines have become--or are likely to become--the subject of multiple requests for substantially the same records.

Congressional Reports and Testimony 

Animal Health 

Horse Protection Program and the Slaughter Horse Transport Program 
Links below will reveal results of VS APHIS's September 2010 audit of the Horse Protection Program and the Slaughter Horse Transport Program. Also available are current downloadable forms used in the Slaughter Horse Transport Program.

Animal Welfare


Plant Health

Wildlife Damage


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