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Revision of Standards for Transportation, and the Handling, Care and Treatment in Connection Therewith of Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Nonhuman Primates, and Certain Other Warmblooded Animals : [9 CFR Part 3]

United States, Department of Agriculture, and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
This document proposes revisions of the transportation standards governing certain live warmblooded animals under the Animal Welfare Act published in the FEDERAL REGISTER on June 21, 1977 (42 FR 31556-31571) and on May 16, 1978 (43 FR 21160- 21167). The proposed revisions provide for (1) a change of the allowable minimum air temperature from 7.2° C (45" F) to 1.7° C (35° F) for dogs, cats, hamsters, rabbits, and certain other warmblooded animals when transported in commerce, (2) a change of the allowable maximum air temperature from 35° C (95° F) to 29.5° C (85° F) for all warmblooded animals under the Animal Welfare Act when transported in commerce, and (3) a new procedure for measuring the air temperature surrounding live animals being transported in commerce which would replace the "ambient temperature" provisions of the present transportation standards. The new proposed ranges of allowable air temperatures for animals being transported in commerce take into consideration the differences between the air temperatures occurring inside animal shipping containers and the air temperatures surrounding such containers and the various factors affecting such differences. These proposed revisions of the transportation standards are the result of various petitions for reconsideration which were received by the Department and which made new facts and evidence available that appear to warrant such action.
Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration
Animal Welfare Act History Digital Collection