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Topic's That May Interest You.
Friday, May 15, 2020
Earlier this week, the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the finalization of new Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations. The changes were made in an effort to promote compliance, reduce license fees, and strengthen safeguards to prevent individuals and businesses with a history of noncompliance from obtaining a license or working with regulated animals. To better align the regulations with the humane care and treatment standards set by the AWA, the final rule also includes changes to the veterinary care and watering standards for regulated dogs. These changes will take effect on Monday, November 9, 2020.
Click here to view the final rule in its entirety.
In August 2017, APHIS published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to solicit comments from the public regarding potential revisions to AWA regulations. Click here to read AKC's October 2017 comment to USDA. After considering the approximately 47,000 responses received, APHIS formally proposed changes to the regulations in March 2019. Click here to read AKC's May 2019 comment. APHIS reports that it received approximately 110,600 comments. Of that, only 5,200 were unique. All others were duplicates or form letters prompted mostly by animal rights groups.
New Health and Husbandry Standards
The plan for implementing the rule includes a three-year phase-in schedule for converting the current one-year licenses to new three-year licenses based on the expiration day and month listed on the current license. Prior to the license expiration date, USDA will notify current licensees of the month and date on which their license will need to be converted to the three-year license and licensees will need to submit an application for the new license. Until the license is converted to the three-year schedule, the licensee must pay a $40 license fee and renew the current license for one year. After the effective date of the rule, new applicants that demonstrate compliance with the AWA, regulations, and standards will be issued a three-year license. This will help APHIS ensure that resources are continuously available to conduct prelicense and routine inspections.
Current USDA licensees, or those who may be required to be licensed at USDA, are strongly encouraged to review the changes to the AWA regulations to understand how the changes may impact their operations.
Those with questions are encouraged to contact:
Dr. Barbara Kohn, Senior Staff Veterinarian
4700 River Road
Riverdale, MD 20737
Phone: (301) 851-3751
The American Kennel Club's (AKC) Government Relations Department's (GR) Regulatory Resources Center provides updates on AKC's activities in addressing dog-related regulatory proposals from the U.S. federal government, all 50 states, and the District of Columbia. For more information, contact AKC GR at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This alert was originally sent by AKC to individuals potentially impacted by this information.