Animal Welfare Information Center Newsletter, Summer 1996, Vol. 7 No. 2 *************************

Table 1. Number of Licensees and Registrants, 1973-1995

YearInternational HandlersRegistered Carriers Licensed DealersLicensed ExhibitorsRegistered Exhibitors Research FacilitiesFederal Agencies
1973----------------4,287286604865--------
1974----------------5,133345752967--------
1975----------------5,680535657985--------
1976(1)----------------4,8516724641,03440
1977----------------4,6388483961,024134
197816504,5079243131,057188
197962773,9829782391,051150
1980177973,8861,1011701,092118
19811971153,6641,1681301,169131
1982(2)(339)3,4391,2371061,113131
1983(346)3,4901,2661011,16688
19842281303,3651,294831,184141
19852421323,4141,322641,219160
19862461383,7081,354611,241130
19872501403,8111,353581,260160
19882751434,2331,418581,3085858(4)
19892821454,0821,342461,32858(4)
19902661364,2681,370451,470142
19913011414,4001,444511,474145
19922821364,3241,618541,527137
19932801294,1541,773551,331147
1994(3)2461094,2381,861351,511250
1995275984,0801,937311,300223
  1. The 1976 amendments to the Animal Welfare Act (PL 94-279), approved April 22, 1976, pertained to the transportation of regulated animals in commerce and brought carriers and intermediate handlers under regulation. Transportation standards became effective September 15, 1977, and carriers and intermediate handlers were first included in the 1978 annual report.

    The 1976 amendments also required Federal research facilities to comply with the Animal Welfare Act and to submit annual reports to USDA. Federal facility reports were submitted for the period April 22, 1976, through December 31, 1976. Many Federal facilities did not report or made only partial reports. Federal research facilities are not inspected by USDA, but are required to comply with the Act, regulations, and standards.

  2. The 1982 and 1983 annual reports listed only combined figures for carriers and intermediate handlers. Separate figures are not available.

  3. In 1994, a much higher number of research facilities submitted annual reports than ever before. This is probably due to continued efforts by REAC to improve reporting by research facilities.

  4. APHIS reorganized the animal welfare program effective October 1, 1988. Animal welfare was moved from Veterinary Services to Regulatory Enforcement and Animal Care. This transition affected reporting procedures and resulted in inaccurate reporting for Federal agencies for 1988 and 1989.


This table was referenced in the article "A Review of the Animal Welfare Enforcement Report Data 1973 Through 1995" in the Animal Welfare Information Center Newsletter, Volume 7, Number 2, Summer 1996

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