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Policy #20: Licensing Sales of Dead Animals
Issue Date: March 25, 2011
AWA Sections 2131 and 2132(f)
9 CFR, Part 1
Replaces policy dated September 30, 1999 and previously identified as Policy #28.
The definition of "dealer" in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) states that a dealer "is any person who . . . buys or sells . . . any dog or other animal whether alive or dead for research, teaching, exhibition, or use as a pet . . . ." This policy provides clarification regarding the licensing requirements for persons who sell dead animals and/or animal parts.
The following persons who sell dead animals or animal parts require a license:
- Any person who acquires any live covered animal and subsequently euthanizes that animal to sell for a covered purpose.
- Any person who acquires a dead dog or cat (or parts) from private, unlicensed sources, to sell for covered purposes.
The following persons who sell dead animals do not require a license:
- Any person who acquires a dead animal (other than a dog or cat) and then sells it.
- Any person who acquires a dead dog or cat (or parts) from a USDA licensed dealer or municipal, county, or state pound/shelter and then sells it.