Animal Welfare Information Center Newsletter, Spring 1995, Vol. 6 No. 1 *************************


DR. Richard Crawford Retires from REAC, Joins AWIC!

The Animal Welfare Information Center is pleased to announce that Richard Crawford, D.V.M., recently retired as the Assistant Deputy Administrator for Animal Care, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Regulatory Enforcement and Animal Care (REAC), has joined the staff on a part-time basis. Throughout his 26-year career with USDA, Dr. Crawford has been instrumental in enforcing or strengthening the regulations of the Animal Welfare Act. As an APHIS inspector in the 1970's, he contributed to the Hollywood film and television industry, overseeing the care and treatment of animals during the filming of Swiss Family Robinson, Benji, and the Sonny and Cher Show, among others. However, his most significant achievements were his contributions to the development and administration of the Animal Welfare Act regulations of 1976, 1985, and 1990, the Horse Protection Act regulations of 1976, and the marine mammal regulations of 1979 and 1984.

In an interview, published in Inside APHIS (May/June 1994), reflecting on his years with REAC, Dr. Crawford commented, "There was a time when I had to threaten researchers with shutting them down and padlocking their facility with a warrant from the local authorities if they violated acceptable animal welfare standards. Today, human values of comfort and care are applied to animals. This way of thinking has established a better environment for animals in general."

Dr. Crawford's extensive knowledge of the Animal Welfare Act and other regulations relating to animal welfare makes him a welcome addition to the AWIC staff. We hope that you will take advantage of his expertise.

This article appeared in the Animal Welfare Information Center Newsletter, Volume 6, Number 1, Spring 1995

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