USDA initially asked for the public’s help in determining potential updates in an announcement on August 23, 2017, and to date, over 35,000 comments have been submitted.
Each year, USDA issues new licenses and renews existing licenses for people who breed, sell, or exhibit animals for commercial purposes. The department is responsible for ensuring that these licensees comply with the AWA’s humane standards of care, which enables the American public to confidently purchase pets and view animals on public display.
The full list of potential changes is available at: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=APHIS-2017-0062. APHIS will review and consider all comments received before determining next steps.
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