Espinosa denied the claim that the removal of the information was related to the FACT Act. When asked why the information was removed and who ordered its removal, Espinosa said all the information she has at this time can be found here.
Goodman said WCWP is currently trying to get to the bottom of the motivation behind this move.
"This information should be openly accessible to the public, since it is taxpayer dollars that support the implementation and enforcement of laws like the Animal Welfare Act," Kate Dylewsky, a program associate with Born Free USA, told The Dodo in a statement. "The public has a right to know what the government is doing, and this is a blow to both government transparency and to animal advocates' ability to hold animal abusers publicly accountable."
To take action against this lack of transparency, you can file a request for information through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
The Dodo will update this piece as information becomes available.
Update 2/17/17: Some archives have started to become available on the USDA site. Many are still missing, but advocates are seeing the restoration of some of the archives as a big win. "This is a major victory for animals, taxpayers, and democracy," Goodman told The Dodo on Friday. "Americans have a right to know what's done to animals in taxpayer-funded laboratories and we will continue to fight for increased transparency and accountability about these facilities."