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Animal Welfare; Veterinary Care for Elephants
- United States Government Publishing Office, United States, Department of Agriculture, and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
- Regulations promulgated under the Animal Welfare Act require animal dealers and exhibitors to establish and use appropriate methods to prevent, control, diagnose, and treat diseases in animals covered by the Act. This document gives notice that, for elephant dealers and exhibitors, appropriate methods must include periodic testing of their elephants for tuberculosis and, if necessary, treating them for tuberculosis and/or quarantining them. In addition, to protect the health of elephants that have not been exposed to the disease, all attendants, handlers, and trainees who have direct contact with elephants must be tested for tuberculosis on at least an annual basis. We are taking this action because several cases of tuberculosis, a potentially fatal disease affecting humans and many species of animals, have been diagnosed in the United States among elephants, which are regulated under the Animal Welfare Act.
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- Animal Welfare Act History Digital Collection
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