Animal Welfare Act

The Animal Welfare Act was signed into law in 1966. It is the only Federal law in the United States that regulates the treatment of animals in research, exhibition, transport, and by dealers. Other laws, policies, and guidelines may include additional species coverage or specifications for animal care and use, but all refer to the Animal Welfare Act as the minimum acceptable standard. The Act is enforced by USDA, APHIS, Animal Care.

USDA. APHIS. Animal Care.

The manual gives policies issued by APHIS/Animal Care that clarify the Animal Welfare Act regulations. Originally issued in April 1997, new policies may be added at any time and included in the manual.

Center for Food Security and Public Health.

Developed in collaboration with USDA APHIS Animal Care, this eleven part course provides information about licensing and regulatory requirements for commercial dog breeders.

Daily Observation  ( PDF | 132 KB )

USDA. APHIS. Animal Care.

The Animal Welfare Act regulations (9 C.F.R. §§ 2.33(b)(3), 2.40(b)(3)) require dealers, exhibitors, and research facilities to observe all animals daily to assess their health and well-being.