Spotlights


An archive of AWIC Web pages and publication Spotlights previously featured on our Home page.



Images of a dog and a cat GAO Report: USDA's Oversight of Dealers of Random Source Dogs and Cats

Government Accountability Office.

Results and recommendations from a GAO study of USDA's oversight of Class B dealers.


GAO Report: Live Animal Imports. Agencies Need Better Collaboration to Reduce the Risk of Animal-Related Diseases. (PDF | 1.68MB)

Government Accountability Office.

GAO recommends that the Secretaries of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and the Interior develop a strategy to address barriers to agency collaboration that may allow potentially risky imported animals into the United States and jointly determine data needs to effectively oversee imported animals. In commenting on a draft of this report, the Departments of Agriculture, Interior and Homeland Security generally agreed with GAO's findings and recommendations. The Department of Health and Human Services provided technical comments only.


Ship at dock. GAO Report: Live Animal Imports. Agencies Need Better Collaboration to Reduce the Risk of Animal-Related Diseases. (PDF | 1.68MB)

Government Accountability Office.

GAO recommends that the Secretaries of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and the Interior develop a strategy to address barriers to agency collaboration that may allow potentially risky imported animals into the United States and jointly determine data needs to effectively oversee imported animals. In commenting on a draft of this report, the Departments of Agriculture, Interior and Homeland Security generally agreed with GAO's findings and recommendations. The Department of Health and Human Services provided technical comments only.


Boxer dog Pet Food Regulation

US Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA regulates the can of cat food, bag of dog food, or box of dog treats or snacks in your pantry. Learn about recalls and how to report a complaint.


Rhesus monkeys grooming Environmental Enrichment for Nonhuman Primates Resource Guide, 2014

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

A bibliographic resource on nonhuman primate enrichment, including relevant web links, organizations, and product information.


Sketch of man at computer Meeting the Information Requirements of the Animal Welfare Act

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

A one and half day workshop for individuals who are responsible for providing information to meet the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act.


Images of a dog and a cat GAO Report: USDA's Oversight of Dealers of Random Source Dogs and Cats

Government Accountability Office.

The September 2010 results and recommendations from a GAO study of USDA's oversight of Class B dealers, suggesting that the oversight would benefit from additional management information and analysis.


GAO Report: Horse Welfare - Domestic Slaughter, 2011 (PDF | 3.5MB)

Government Accountability Office.

Congress directed GAO to examine horse welfare since cessation of domestic slaughter in 2007. The study was completed and published June 22, 2011. Highlights Page (PDF | 73.7KB) Full Report (PDF | 3.5MB)


Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals Update of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

National Research Council.

Updated 2010 - Provides information that will enhance animal well-being, the quality of biomedical research, and the advancement of biologic knowledge that is relevant to humans or animals.


Animal Emergency and Disaster Planning Information

Companion Animals
Pets, information for pet owners; Disaster preparedness; Animal safety; Dog and cat CPR; Pet poison prevention; and more.

Farm Animals
Farm animal rescue; Disaster preparedness for livestock including horses; Animal health. Accidents and livestock; Poisonous plants database; Carcass disposal; and more.

Research Animals
Disaster planning for animal facilities; and more.

Zoo, Circus and Marine Animals
Disaster planning; Training modules; Guidelines for police officers responding to animal incidents; Poison and pesticide information; and more.


Head of a sheep Animal Welfare Act Guidelines for County and State Fairs (PDF | 36 KB)

USDA. APHIS. Animal Care.

The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) requires people who exhibit animals to the public for compensation to be licensed with the USDA. The AWA also excludes certain activities from this requirement, including the exhibition of agricultural animals for the purposes of promoting agricultural arts, sciences, and production. This means that agricultural exhibits at State and county fairs are exempt. However, some exhibition activities found at State and county fairs do require the exhibitors to be licensed under the AWA.


Brown horse with a bird perched on it's back Horses in History Bibliography, 2009

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

This bibliography on horses in history is an attempt to give the reader an idea of the nature and scope of the collections at the National Agricultural Library. It does not list every title and collection on horses in the library, but tries to list some of the more important ones. The collection includes books on the history of different breeds, breeding techniques, farrier or blacksmith skills, health and veterinary medicine, and general horsemanship.


Images of a dog and a cat Legislative History of the Animal Welfare Act, 2007

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

An annotated bibliography of Federal documents related to the US Animal Welfare Act.


Animal Care agency logo Recent Animal Welfare Act & Horse Protection Act Enforcement Actions

USDA. APHIS. Animal Care.

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently announced its intention to move more swiftly and consistently to take enforcement action in response to animal welfare violations, and to make its actions transparent and accessible to the public. As part of this effort, APHIS is issuing monthly press releases that highlight enforcement actions taken in response to violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and Horse Protection Act (HPA).