Animal Welfare Information Center News Feed


The Animal Welfare Information Center News Feed pulls together news items related to animal health, behavior and welfare. It also provides information on new AWIC publications and changes to the AWIC Web site.



Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 06:58
DHHS. NIH. Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare.

The 3rd Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals will be held March 17-18, 2016, in Davis, CA at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. This symposium will bring together experts in animal behavior and welfare to address common issues in trying to achieve the mandate for social housing for social species. The agenda includes talks and breakout sessions on both days so that participants have the opportunity to discuss the challenges and special issues they are facing at their own institutions with the experts and their peers.

See details, agenda and registration information.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 07:23
USDA. APHIS. Animal Care.

APHIS Finalizes Voluntary Elephant TB Policy
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service sent this bulletin at 10/16/2015 02:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, October 16, 2015—After careful evaluation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has determined that the U.S. Animal Health Association’s (USAHA) 2010 “Guidelines for the Control of Tuberculosis in Elephants” continue to represent the best standards of care for elephants that may be exposed to TB or test positive for the disease, and APHIS is strongly encouraging licensees and registrants who own elephants to voluntarily comply with the Guidelines.

In late December 2012, APHIS published a notice in the Federal Register seeking comments on how to best incorporate USAHA’s 2010 guidance into our enforcement efforts. At that time, we received more than 1,600 comments from a variety of groups, including advocacy organizations, industry groups, licensees and registrants, as well as State officials.

We believe our voluntary approach will continue to protect elephant health and support our collaborative relationship with State partners and the regulated community. Additionally, such a voluntary approach recognizes that the relationship between the licensee and their attending veterinarian as the best approach to oversee the health and welfare of the animals.

At least a few States have already adopted USAHA’s 2010 Guidelines and require elephant exhibitors to comply with them. APHIS will continue to focus on ensuring that elephants receive proper care under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). We will ensure that these animals have an appropriate veterinary care plan established by their attending veterinarian, including the proper testing for, and treatment of, TB. We believe our efforts will continue to enable us to detect and stop the spread of TB in elephants.

If we have concerns about the health and welfare of any elephants, we will use our full authority under the AWA’s veterinary care provisions to take appropriate action. We believe the combination of our oversight of veterinary care, coupled with States using their authorities to address the risk of TB in elephants, is the best approach to take to ensure the health of elephants.


USDA Posts the Latest Horse Protection Act Enforcement Information
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 09:58
USDA. APHIS. Animal Care.

To more efficiently share Horse Protection Act (HPA) information, USDA Animal Care is using the USDA/APHIS Stakeholder Registry to periodically alert you when we post our enforcement activities.

The following link contains individuals that we have recently disqualified under the Horse Protection Act: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/ies/downloads/disqualification_list.pdf. (This disqualification list is also attached to this message as a .pdf file.)

While under federal disqualification, a person is prohibited from showing, exhibiting or entering any horse – directly or indirectly – through any agent, employee or other device. Disqualification also prohibits an individual from judging, managing or otherwise participating in any horse show/exhibition/sale/auction.

We will continue to do all we can to make the cruel and inhumane practice of soring horses a thing of the past. For more information, please visit our Horse Protection Program webpage: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_welfare/hpa_info.shtml.

At USDA Animal Care, ensuring the welfare of the animals we regulate is at the heart of everything we do

• DQ and Penalty List - as of Sept 11, 2015.pdf


Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 09:07
USDA. APHIS. Animal Care.

The document provides information to purveyors of USDA-regulated animals as to whether USDA requires those individuals to be licensed under the Animal Welfare Act or if they are exempt from licensing. It contains questions and answers that we hope will serve as a helpful reference. Covered topics include: USDA compliance inspections; applying for a USDA license; exempt sales; shipping dogs; and importing dogs for resale or adoption.


Friday, June 12, 2015 - 10:40
DHHS. NIH. NIEHS. National Toxicology Program.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated its guidance document describing a non-animal testing scheme for assessing eye irritation potential of EPA-registered antimicrobial cleaning products. The testing scheme uses the bovine corneal opacity and permeability, EpiOcular, and cytosensor microphysiometer assays to identify antimicrobial cleaning product Toxicity Category I, II, and III eye irritants.

Download the guidance from the EPA website
Get general information about pesticide registration


Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 15:32
USDA. APHIS. Animal Care.

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service sent this bulletin at 03/10/2015 07:32 PM EDT

USDA Animal Care has created a tech note for commercial breeders and dealers who use cage cards to satisfy recordkeeping requirements and/or identify their puppies and kittens.

Animal Welfare Act regulations require USDA-licensed breeders and dealers to keep records on all dogs and cats in their possession. For puppies and kittens under 16 weeks of age, we allow breeders and dealers to maintain these records on APHIS Form 7005 (Record of Acquisition of Dogs and Cats on Hand) or on cage cards placed on the animals’ primary enclosure.

For those breeders and dealers who prefer using cage cards, this new tech note will explain what information is needed on the cards, how long the cards should be kept and where they should be located.

We've posted posted the tech note here on our website.


Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 13:22
USDA. APHIS. Animal Care.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is continuing to move swiftly and consistently to take enforcement action in response to animal welfare violations. As part of its effort to make its actions transparent and accessible to the public, APHIS is highlighting enforcement actions taken in response to violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and Horse Protection Act (HPA).


Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 09:31
USDA. APHIS. Wildlife Services.

Taking on an adult grizzly bear or a pack of wolves is a lot to ask of a livestock protection dog, but it’s a task they willingly take to protect their herds from predation. For centuries, livestock protection dogs have helped ranchers protect livestock from coyotes, feral dogs, foxes, and mountain lions. Without them, thousands of sheep, lambs, and calves would be killed or injured each year.

http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAAPHIS/bulletins/a7b7ed


Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 09:27
USDA. APHIS. Animal Care.

USDA Animal Care has revised its factsheet entitled Questions and Answers: Regulation of Dog/Cat Breeders and Dealers.

This factsheet provides information that we hope you find useful, including: 1) the types of dog/cat breeders and dealers regulated under the Animal Welfare Act; 2) the standards of care required by USDA; and 3) USDA’s role in the commercial transport of dogs/cats.

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_welfare/content/printable_version/faq_animal_dealers.pdf