Animal Welfare News and Announcements

Animal Welfare News and Announcements

Stakeholder Messages

To keep interested parties informed of USDA Animal Care news and updates, we began sending out stakeholder messages via our agency’s stakeholder registry in November 2012. 

View all stakeholder messages here.

 It is easy (and free) to receive our future stakeholder messages directly. If you are interested, please register here. When registering, you can select the topics that most interest you. For example, you can choose to receive messages solely relating to elephants or enforcement or research facilities, or you can choose to receive all Animal Care messages.

Animal Welfare News

2014-Present:  USDA news releases involving animal welfare can be found in the APHIS Newsroom.


12/02/2013 - USDA Animal Care Creates Online Process for Submitting Animal Welfare Concerns

12/02/2013 - USDA Animal Care Provides Its Inspectors With New Guidance for Conducting Inspections

12/02/2013 - USDA Animal Care Posts Updated Inspection Guide

10/24/2013 - USDA Reopening Comment Period on Petition to Prohibit the Public's Contact With Potentially Dangerous Animals

10/24/2013 - Animal Care Will Host Webinars to Discuss the Retail Pet Store Rule

09/18/2013 - USDA Announces Recent Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act Enforcement Actions

09/17/2013 - Animal Care Seeks Comments Regarding Proposed Changes to its Policy 3 - Veterinary Care.

09/10/2013 - USDA Restores Important Check and Balance on Retail Pet Sales to Ensure Health, Humane Treatment
                      - Questions and Answers: Retail Pet Store Final Rule
                      - Docket No. 2011-2003


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