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The Animal Welfare Act: An overview

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Abstract The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) enforces the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to protect certain animals from inhumane treatment and neglect. Congress passed the AWA in 1966 in response to public concern regarding stolen pets used in laboratory research. Since 1966, the AWA has been strengthened several times by amendments. The Animal Care (AC) program of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) administers the AWA, its regulations, and standards.

Deborah Maron

Publisher US Government
Language English
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