For more than a quarter of a century, APHIS has enforced the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to protect certain animals from inhumane treatment and neglect. Congress passed the AWA in 1966 and strengthened the law through amendments in 1970, 1976, 1985, and 1990. APHIS administers the AWA, its standards, and its regulations.
Find out more about AC’s pre-licensing and compliance inspections, including data by business type.
Find out how AC enforces the AWA, including latest data on penalties assessed.
Find out more about licensing and registration and request an application kit.
APHIS’ appropriations for activities related to the Animal Welfare Act from FY 2002 to FY 2009.
Annual Appropriations for Enforcement of the AWA
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August 15, 2012