Public Law 107-171 -- Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002


Summary: Enacted January 23, 2002, Title X, Subtitle D of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act, changed the definition of "animal" in the Animal Welfare Act, specifically excluding birds, rats of the genus Rattus, and mice of the genus Mus, bred for use in research. The law also addressed animal fighting ventures by making it a misdemeanor to ship a bird in interstate commerce for fighting purposes, or to sponsor to exhibit a bird in a fight that had been shipped for such purposes.


Public Law 107-171--Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002

107th Congress, H.R. 2646

Title X - Miscellaneous
, Subtitle D - Animal Welfare



SEC. 10301. DEFINITION OF ANIMAL UNDER THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT

Section 2(g) of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2132(g)) is amended in the first sentence by striking "excludes horses not used for research purposes and" and inserting the following: "excludes (1) birds, rats of the genus Rattus, and mice of the genus Mus, bred for use in research, (2) horses not used for research purposes, and (3)".

SEC. 10302. PROHIBITION ON INTERSTATE MOVEMENT OF ANIMALS FOR ANIMAL FIGHTING.

(a) IN GENERAL.-- Section 26 of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2156) is amended-

(1) by striking subsection (a) and inserting the following: "(a) SPONSORING OR EXHIBITING AN ANIMAL IN AN ANIMAL FIGHTING VENTURE.--


"(1) IN GENERAL.-- Except as provided in paragraph (2), it shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly sponsor or exhibit an animal in an animal fighting venture, if any animal in the venture was moved in interstate or foreign commerce.

"(2) SPECIAL RULE FOR CERTAIN STATES.-- With respect to fighting ventures involving live birds in a State where it would not be in violation of the law, it shall be unlawful under this subsection for a person to sponsor or exhibit a bird in the fighting venture only if the person knew that any bird in that fighting venture was knowingly bought, sold, delivered, transported, or received in interstate or foreign commerce for the purpose of participation in the fighting venture.";

(2) in subsection (b), by striking "or deliver to another person or receive from another person" and inserting "deliver, or receive"; and

(3) in subsection (d), by striking "subsections (a), (b), or (c) of this section" and inserting "subsection (c)".

(b) EFFECTIVE DATE.-- The amendments made by this section take effect 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act.

SEC. 10303. PENALTIES AND FOREIGN COMMERCE PROVISIONS OF THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT.

(a) IN GENERAL.-- Section 26 of the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2156) is amended-

(1) in subsection (e)-

(A) by inserting "PENALTIES.-" after "(e)"; and

(B) by striking "$5,000" and inserting "$15,000"; and

(2) in subsection (g)(2)(B), by inserting before the semicolon at the end the following: "or from any State into any foreign country."

(b) EFFECTIVE DATE.-- The amendment made by this section takes effect 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act.



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