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Animal Welfare; Regulations and Standards for Birds, Rats, and Mice. Proposed Rules


Author:
United States Government Publishing Office and United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Source:
Federal Register 2004 v. 69 no. 108
Year:
2004
Abstract:
The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 amended the definition of animal in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) by specifically excluding birds, rats of the genus Rattus, and mice of the genus Mus, bred for use in research. In a separate document published in the Rules and Regulations section of today's Federal Register, we are amending the definition of animal in our regulations to be consistent with the definition of animal in the AWA. At this time, we are also considering several changes to the regulations to help promote the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of birds, rats, and mice not specifically excluded from coverage under the AWA. Specifically, we intend to extend enforcement of the AWA to birds other than birds bred for use in research. However, before we can do so, we believe it is necessary to consider what regulations and standards are appropriate for them. Therefore, we are soliciting comments from the public to help determine how we should regulate the care and use of those animals. In addition, we are considering if we should continue to regulate the handling, care, treatment, and transportation of rats and mice covered by the Act under the general standards in the regulations or if we should establish specific standards for them. To aid in that determination, we are soliciting comments from the public concerning the regulation of those animals. Finally, we are requesting data and information from the public regarding the potential economic effects on entities that may be affected if we were to establish specific standards for birds, rats, and mice not specifically excluded from coverage under the AWA.
Format:
5 p.
Publisher:
Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration
Collection:
Animal Welfare Act History Digital Collection