Federal Laws

Find links to Federal laws such as the Animal Welfare Act, Horse Protection Act, Twenty-Eight Hour Law, and Humane Methods of Slaughter Act in the column on the right.

The links below are to other Web sites that contain information on Federal laws and regulations.

Brief Summaries of Federal Animal Protection Statutes (PDF | 453 KB)

The Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service.

This document provides summaries of federal animal protection statutes and was last updated in April 2009.


Library of Congress.

Legislative information from the current Congress and archived information from the 101st Congress forward. Also provides access to the Congressional Record and the U.S. Code.


Use this site to locate, view, and comment on regulations and other actions for all Federal agencies, including Federal Register notices published by USDA, APHIS.

GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys)

Government Printing Office.

Access to information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies. Some of the FDsys collections include the Federal Register (1994 to present), Congressional Record (1994-present), and Congressional bills and hearings.

Animal Welfare Reading Room

National Center for Agricultural Law Research & Information.

Links to federal statutes and regulations about animals. Also includes a case law index for animal welfare and links to additional reference resources.

Animal Legal & Historical Web Center

Michigan State University College of Law.

Provides a wealth of information on State animal welfare, anti-cruelty, puppy "lemon laws" and other animal legislation.