Animal Welfare Stakeholder Messages

Animal Welfare 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. For your reference, all of these stakeholder messages are available on this webpage, and all subsequent messages will be added to this page.

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.


Feb. 3, 2017 USDA Animal Care Updates to APHIS’ Website Involving Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act Compliance Information


Nov. 29, 2016 USDA Animal Care Provides Update on Its Horse Protection Program

Oct. 21, 2016 USDA Animal Care Makes Progress on Horse Protection Goals

Oct. 3, 2016 USDA Animal Care unveils its 5-year Strategic Plan 2016-2020

Sept. 22, 2016 New Terms Will Appear on USDA Inspection Reports

Sept. 16, 2016 USDA Extends Comment Period on Proposal to Amend Horse Protection Regulations

Aug. 8, 2016 USDA Animal Care Search Tool Will Be Shut Down for 11 Days, From August 12-23

Aug. 3, 2016 USDA Proposes Updates to Animal Welfare Act Regulations for De Minimis Thresholds and Licensing Exemptions

Aug. 1, 2016 Final Listening Session Regarding the Handling of Dangerous Animals is August 4

July 26, 2016 USDA Provides Additional Information Regarding Horse Protection Act Public Meetings

July 26, 2016 USDA Proposes Changes to End the Inhumane Practice of Soring

June 23, 2016 USDA Seeks Additional Comments Regarding the Handling of Dangerous Animals

June 3, 2016 USDA Posts the Newest Totals for Animal Usage by Research Facilities

May 23, 2016 USDA Updates Its Policy on Using Microchips to Officially Identify Regulated Animals

April 21, 2016 USDA Creates Online Course for Dealers of Guinea Pigs, Hamsters and Rabbits

April 21, 2016 USDA Updates Online Course for Dog Breeders

April 18, 2016 USDA Will Now Classify Dingoes and New Guinea Singing Dogs as Exotic Animals

April 4, 2016 USDA Provides Guidance on Handling and Husbandry of Neonatal, Nondomestic Cats

March 29, 2016 License Renewals for Random Source B Dealers Put on Hold Until Oct. 1, 2016

March 11, 2016 USDA Extends Comment Period for Proposed Rule Involving Marine Mammals

Feb. 16, 2016 Animal Care Search Tool Advanced Export Function Temporarily Unavailable

Jan. 14, 2016 USDA Animal Care Revises Its Animal Welfare Inspection Guide


Sept. 29, 2015 USDA Posts Guidance Document on Retail Pet Store Rule and Importation of Live Dogs Rule

June 25, 2015  USDA Considering Petition to Require Additional Animal Usage Information on Annual Reports

April 15, 2015   National Research Council Hosting Lab Animal Workshop April 20-21

March 10, 2015  USDA Provides Guidance to Breeders and Dealers Who Use Cage Cards

March 2, 2015 USDA Revises its Inspection Guide to Improve Oversight of Research Facilities

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