October 23, 2008
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is proposing to amend the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations to add requirements for contingency planning and training of personnel by research facilities and by dealers, exhibitors, intermediate handlers and carriers. We are proposing these requirements because we believe all licensees and registrants should develop a contingency plan for all animals regulated under the AWA in an effort to better prepare for potential disasters. This action would heighten the awareness of licensees and registrants regarding their responsibilities and help ensure a timely and appropriate response should an emergency or disaster occur.
Notice of this proposed rule is published in the Oct. 23 Federal Register.
Consideration will be given to comments received on or before Dec. 22. You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
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Melissa O'Dell at (301) 734-5222 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org,gov.