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Legislative History of the Animal Welfare Act: 2000s

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Public Law (Amendments)

"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.
"Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill) (P.L. 110-246)." (Public Law 107-171), United States Statutes at Large. Subtitle C - Other Miscellaneous Provisions; Section 14207, 14210, 14214. Prohibitions on Dog Fighting Ventures.. Approved 18 June 2008.
S.3666 To amend the Animal Welfare Act to modify the definition of "exhibitor" (Public Law 112-261), United States Statutes at Large. Approved 10 January 2013.


U.S. 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.

Congressional Reports

H.R. 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.
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.

Federal Register Notices

A listing of Animal Welfare proposed and final rules from 2000-present are available: