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United States Senate. Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, To Prepare for the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Title of the Upcoming Farm Bill Hearing, 27 March 2001. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2001.
Online: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CHRG-107shrg77981/pdf/CHRG-107shrg77981.pdf

House of Representatives. Committee of Conference, Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (to accompany H.R. 2646). (Conference Report No. 107-424; 1 May 2002). Washington: Government Printing Office, 2002. 687 p.
Online: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CRPT-107hrpt424/pdf/CRPT-107hrpt424.pdf
Summary: Amendments to the Animal Welfare Act are found under Subtitle D - Animal Welfare; Sections 10301-10305 beginning on page 364. Provides a new definition of animal under the Animal Welfare Act, excluding birds, rats of the genus Rattus, and mice of the genus Mus, bred for use in research.

"Farm Security and Rural Investments Act of 2002." (Public Law 107-171), United States Statutes at Large. Subtitle D - Animal Welfare; Sections 10301-10304. Approved 8 May 2002.
Online: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-107publ171/pdf/PLAW-107publ171.pdf

"Animal Welfare; Definition of Animal, Final Rule." Federal Register Vol. 69, No. 108 (4 June 2004), 31513-31514.
Online: http://www.nal.usda.gov/awic/pubs/AWA2007/FedReg69_108.pdf
Summary:
We are amending the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations to reflect an amendment to the Act’s definition of the term animal. The Farm Security and
Rural Investment Act of 2002 amended the definition of animal to specifically exclude birds, rats of the genus Rattus, and mice of the genus Mus, bred for use in research. While the definition of animal in the regulations has excluded rats of the genus Rattus and mice of the genus Mus bred for use in research, that definition has also excluded all birds (i.e., not just those birds bred for use in research). To make the definition of animal in the regulations consistent
with the definition of animal in the AWA, this final rule amends the regulations by narrowing the scope of the exclusion for birds to only those birds bred for use in research. This final rule is intended only to make the definition of animal in the regulations consistent with the definition of animal in AWA. In the Proposed Rules section of today’s Federal Register, we are publishing an advance notice of proposed rulemaking in which we solicit comments from the public to aid in the development of regulations and standards for birds not specifically bred for use in research. In addition, our advance notice of proposed rulemaking also requests public comment on issues related to the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of rats and mice covered by the AWA.

"Animal Welfare; Regulations for Birds, Rats, and Mice, Proposed Rules." Federal Register Vol. 69, No. 108 (4 June 2004)
Online: http://www.nal.usda.gov/awic/pubs/AWA2007/04-12785.pdf
Summary: The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 amended the definition of animal in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) by specifically excluding birds, rats of the genus Rattus, and mice of the genus Mus, bred for use in research. In a separate document published in the Rules and Regulations section of today’s Federal Register, we are amending the definition of animal in our regulations to be consistent with the definition of animal in the AWA. At this time, we are also considering several changes to the regulations to help promote the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of birds, rats, and mice not specifically excluded from coverage under the AWA. Specifically, we intend to extend enforcement of the AWA to birds other than birds bred for use in research. However, before we can do so, we believe it is necessary to consider what regulations and standards are appropriate for them. Therefore, we are
soliciting comments from the public to help determine how we should regulate the care and use of those animals. In addition, we are considering if we
should continue to regulate the handling, care, treatment, and transportation of rats and mice covered by the Act under the general standards in the regulations or if we should establish specific standards for them.

"Animal Welfare; Inspection, Licensing, and Procurement of Animals, Final Rule." Federal Register Vol. 69, No. 134 (14 July 2004), 42089-42102.
Online: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getpage.cgi?position=all&page=42089&dbname=2004_register
Summary: We are amending the Animal Welfare Act regulations to revise and clarify the exemptions from the licensing requirements, the procedures for applying for licenses and renewals, and the restrictions upon the acquisition of dogs, cats, and other animals. These actions are necessary to help ensure compliance with the regulations and the Animal Welfare Act.

"Animal Welfare; Regulations and Standards for Birds, Rats, and Mice, Advanced notice of proposed rulemaking; extension of comment period." Federal Register Vol. 69, No. 139 (21 July 2004), 43538-43539.
Online: http://www.nal.usda.gov/awic/pubs/AWA2007/FRDoc04-16541.htm
Summary: We are extending the comment period for our advance notice of proposed rulemaking regarding several changes we are considering to the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations to help promote the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of birds, rats, and mice not specifically excluded from coverage
under the AWA. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.

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