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USDA Animal Care has posted fiscal year 2015 totals for the number of animals used in biomedical research in the United States.
Today, in an open letter to stakeholder EPA is announcing progress on its goal to significantly reduce the use of animals in acute effects testing, and is releasing two guidance documents in support of this goal.
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.
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.
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.
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.