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Animal Welfare Act History Digital Collection

The Animal Welfare Act History Digital Collection (AWAHDC) is a full-text, searchable collection that is tightly focused on the history of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

The (Laboratory) 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 AWA is enforced by the US Department of Agriculture.

Documents within the collection fall into three categories:

  • Legislative History of the AWA (including public laws, hearings, Congressional reports, and excerpts from the Congressional Record)
  • Regulatory History of the AWA (Federal Register documents)
  • USDA Publications Related to the AWA