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Legislative History of the Animal Welfare Act
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 1970s

House of Representatives. Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Livestock and Grains. Care of Animals Used for Research, Experimentation, Exhibition, or Held for Sale as Pets Hearing, 8 June 1970. Washington: Government Printing Office, 109 p.

House of Representatives. Committee on Agriculture, Animal Welfare Act of 1970 (to accompany H.R. 19846). (House Report No. 91-1651; 2 December 1970). Washington: Government Printing Office, 1970. 22 p.
Online: http://www.animallaw.info/administrative/adushrep91_1651_1970.htm

Foley, Rep. [WA]. "Case of Animals Used for Research." Congressional Record, 7 December 1970. p. 40512-40519.

Mansfield, Sen. [MT]. "Care of Animals Used in Research." Congressional Record, 8 December 1970. p. 40460-40462.

"Animal Welfare Act of 1970." (Public Law 91-579), United States Statutes at Large. Approved 24 December 1970.
Online: http://awic.nal.usda.gov/public-law-91-579-animal-welfare-act-amendments-1970
Summary: Enacted December 24, 1970, Public Law 91-579 expands the list of animals covered by the Act to include all warm-blooded animals determined by the Secretary of Agriculture as being used or intended for use in experimentation or exhibition except horses no t used in research and farm animals used in food and fiber research. Exhibitors are incorporated into the act and research facilities are defined. Retail pet stores, state and county fairs, rodeos, purebred dog and cat shows, and agricultural exhibition s are exempt from the Act. The Secretary is directed to develop regulations regarding recordkeeping and humane care and treatment of animals in or during commerce, exhibition, experimentation, and transport. There is also mention of inspections, and appropriate anesthetics, analgesics, and tranquilizers. There are further regulations on dog and cat commerce.

"Laboratory Animal Welfare, Notice of Proposed Rule Making." Federal Register Vol. 36, No. 205 (22 October 1971), 20472-20480.
Online: http://archive.org/stream/federalregister36hunit#page/n1531/mode/1up
Summary: ...Such revision of the previous legislation necessitates or makes appropriate certain adjustments in, and additions to, the humane care and handling of certain animals. This proposed revision of the regulations and standards also reflects certain other changes which are proposed to update, clarify, or edititorally correct present wording in the interest or normal process.

"Animal Welfare, Miscellaneous Amendments to Chapter." Federal Register Vol. 36, No. 248 (24 December 1971), 24917-24927.
Online: http://archive.org/stream/federalregister36junit#page/n1024/mode/1up
Summary: Additional changes to the Amendments of 1970

House of Representatives. Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Livestock and Grains. Animal Welfare Act Amendments of 1974 Hearing, 6 August 1974. Washington: Government Printing Office, 340 p.
Online: http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/003216348

House of Representatives. Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Livestock and Grains. Animal Welfare Act Amendments of 1975 Hearing, 9-10 September 1975. Washington: Government Printing Office, 89 p.
Online: http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/003219495

United States Senate. Committee on Commerce, Subcommittee on the Environment. Animal Welfare Improvement Act of 1975 Hearing, 20 November 1975. Washington: Government Printing Office, 119 p.
Online: http://lawlibrary.rutgers.edu/cgi-bin/lib/hearing.cgi?file=76601708%20page=0001

Senate. Committee on Commerce, Animal Welfare Amendments of 1975 (to accompany S. 1941). (Senate Report No. 94-580; 18 December 1975). Washington: Government Printing Office, 1975. 25 p.
Abstract: To increase the protection afforded animals in transit and to assure the humane treatment of animals, and for other purposes

House of Representatives. Committee on Agriculture, Animal Welfare Act Amendments of 1976 (to accompany H.R. 5808). (House Report No. 94-801; 29 January 1976). Washington: Government Printing Office, 1976. 43 p.
Online: http://www.animallaw.info/administrative/adushrep94_801_1976.htm
Abstract: "... to amend the Act of August 24, 1966, as amended, to assure humane treatment of certain animals..."

Pepper, Rep. [FL]. "Providing for Consideration of H.R. 5808, Animal Welfare Act Amendments of 1976." Congressional Record, 9 February 1976. p. H819- H852.

House of Representatives. Animal Welfare Act Amendments of 1976 (to accompany S. 1941). (Conference Report No. 94-976; 29 March 1976). Washington: Government Printing Office, 1976. 23 p.
Call Number: KF30.C65 1976b
Abstract: "... and do recommend to their respective Houses as follows: That the Senate recede from its disagreement to the amendments of the House to the text and title of the bill and agree to the same with an amendment as follows..."

Senate. Animal Welfare Act Amendments of 1976 (to accompany S. 1941). (Senate Report No. 94-727; 30 March 1976). Washington: Government Printing Office, 1976. 23 p.
Call Number: KF30.C65 1976a

"Animal Welfare Act Amendments of 1976." (Public Law 94-279), United States Statutes at Large. Approved 22 April 1976.
Online: http://awic.nal.usda.gov/public-law-94-279-animal-welfare-act-amendments-1976
Summary: Enacted April 22, 1976, Public Law 94-279 is primarily refining previous regulations on animal transport and commerce. "Carrier" and "Intermediate Handler" are defined. Health certification prior to transport of sale is required and must be performed b y a veterinarian. Licenses, method of payment, and penalties for violations are discussed. This amendment also introduces and defines "animal fighting ventures" to the Act. Animals used in hunting waterfowl, foxes, etc. are exempt. It is illegal to exhibit or transport via interstate or foreign commerce animals used in fighting ventures such as dogs or roosters.

House of Representatives. Committe on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Livestock and Grains. Commission on Humane Treatment of Animals Hearing, 30 September 1976. Washington: Government Printing Office, 44 p.
Online: http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/002939227

"Animal Welfare; Proposed Standards Concerning Transportation, and Handling Care and Treatment, Proposed Rule." Federal Register Vol. 42, No. 53 (18 March 1977), 15210-15221.
Online: http://archive.org/stream/federalregister42nunit#page/n160/mode/1up
Summary: This document proposes new and revised standards and regulations under the Animal Welfare Act concerning the transportation, and handling, care, and treatment in connection therewith of dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, nonhuman primates, and certain other warmblooded animals in commerce to conform to the Animal Welfare ACt Amendments of 1976...

"Animal Welfare; Definition of Terms and Regulations, Final Rule." Federal Register Vol. 42, No. 117 (17 June 1977), 31022-31029.
Online: http://archive.org/stream/federalregister42tunit#page/n202/mode/1up
NAL Call Number: HV4725.U5A5
Summary: The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is amending the regulations under the Animal Welfare Act concerning health certification, minimum age, and C.O.D. shipments of certain animals transported in commerce. APHIS is also amending the regulations under the AWA concerning recordkeeping requirements, annual reports required of certain facilities, departments, agencies and instrumentalities which use animals in research, and the definitions contained in the regulations. Such amendments to the regulations are authorized by the Animal Welfare Act or required by the Animal Welfare Act Amendments of 1976 to assure the Humane care, treatment, and transportation of certain animals.

"Animal Welfare: Definition of Terms; Standards and Regulations for Transportation, Handling, Care and Treatement in Connection therewith, of Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Nonhuman Primates and Certain Other Warmblooded Animals, Final Rule." Federal Register Vol. 42, No. 119 (21 June 1977), 31556-31571.
Online: http://archive.org/stream/federalregister42tunit#page/n460/mode/1up
NAL Call Number: HV4725.U5A5
Summary: This document amends the regulations and standards under the AWA concerning the transportation in commerce and the handling, care, and treatment in connection therewith, of certain warm-blooded animals. This action is required by the Animal Welfare ACt Amendments of 1976 and is intended to assure the humane handling, care, and treatment of certain animals transported in commerce.

"Humane Methods of Research Act." (H.R. 282), Unenacted Bill. Introduced on 15 January 1979.
Summary: To promote the development of methods of research, experimentation, and testing that minimize the use of, and pain and suffering to, live animals.

 

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