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Legislative History of the Animal Welfare Act: 1960s

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Public Law


"Laboratory Animal Welfare Act." (Public Law 89-544), United States Statutes at Large. Approved 24 August 1966.
Summary: Enacted August 24, 1966, Public Law 89-544 is what commonly is referred to as The Animal Welfare Act although that title is not mentioned within the law. It authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to regulate transport, sale, and handling of dogs, cats, nonhuman primates, guinea pigs, hamsters, and rabbits intended to be used in research or "for other purposes." It requires licensing and inspection of dog and cat dealers and humane handling at auction sales. The complete amended act can be found in United States Code, Title 7, Sections 2131-2156.


Hearings


House of Representatives. Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, Subcommittee of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce. Humane Treatment of Animals Used in Research (PDF|4.2 MB) Hearing, 28 September 1962. Washington: Government Printing Office, 375 p.

House of Representatives. Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Livestock and Feed Grains. Regulate the Transportation, Sale, and Handling of Dogs and Cats Used for Research and Experimentation Hearing, 2 September 1965. Washington: Government Printing Office, 97 p.

House of Representatives. Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Livestock and Feed Grains. Regulate the Transportation, Sale, and Handling of Dogs and Cats Used for Research and Experimentation Hearing, March 7 and 8, 1966. Washington: Government Printing Office, 229 p.

United States Senate. Committee on Commerce, Animal Dealer Regulation Hearing, March 25, 28, and May 25, 1966. Washington: Government Printing Office, 329 p.
 


Congressional Reports


Senate. Committee on Commerce, Senate Report on 1966 Animal Welfare Act (to accompany H.R. 13881). (Senate Report No. 89-1281; 15 June 1966). Washington: Government Printing Office, 1966. 18 p.

House of Representatives. Committee of Conference, Transportation, Sale, and Handling of Dogs, Cats, and Certain Other Animals for Research Purposes (to accompany H.R. 13881). (Conference Report No. 89-1848; 11 August 1966). Washington: Government Printing Office, 1966. 15 p.
 


Federal Register Notices


"Laboratory Animal Welfare, Notice of Proposed Rule Making." Federal Register Vol. 31, No. 242 (15 December 1966), 16110-16119.
Summary: ... pursuant to the provisions of the Act of August 24, 1966, commonly known as the Laboratory Animal Welfare Act, the Department of of Agriculture is proposing to issue regulations and standards to appear as a new Subchapter A in Chapter 1, Title 9, Code of Federal Regulations, to be designated "Laboratory Animal Welfare."

"Laboratory Animal Welfare, Rules and Regulations." Federal Register Vol. 32; No. 37 (24 February 1967), 3270-3282.