USDA PROPOSES STANDARDS FOR PERMANENT, PRIVATELY OWNED HORSE QUARANTINE FACILITIES
WASHINGTON, Dec 12, 2006--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to amend its regulations regarding the importation of horses in order to establish standards for the approval of permanent, privately owned quarantine facilities.
The need for quarantine facilities for imported horses has increased in recent years as the amount of trade between the United States and other countries has risen. This action is being proposed because, in some cases, the demand for quarantine services for horses has exceeded the space available at existing federal facilities. In addition, the geographic distribution of the currently operating horse quarantine facilities can make it difficult or costly to import horses to some areas.
Privately owned horse quarantine facilities, constructed and operated using the proper safeguards, would provide an effective and efficient means of bringing horses into the United States without compromising APHIS’ ability to protect against the introduction of communicable equine diseases.
Consideration will be given to comments received on or before Feb. 12, 2007. Send an original and three copies of postal mail or commercial delivery comments to Docket No. APHIS-2006-0013, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, Md. 20737-1238. If you wish to submit a comment using the Internet, go to the Federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov, select “Animal and
Plant Health Inspection Service” from the agency drop-down menu; then click on “Submit.” In the Docket ID column, select APHIS-2006-0013 to submit or view public comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.
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