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While the Animal Welfare Act (and its amendments over the years) explains the intent of Congress, the Animal Care Policy (ACP) Manual defines the details of how the AWA will be administered. The Manual gives guidance to USDA field inspectors and others who will be subject to the provisions of the Act. Essentially, the Manual interprets the law.
Input from the public about the Manual is requested at various times. In 2007, the USDA requested comments be submitted by November 2007. Below are comments and links from a few organizations at that time.
Details are critical
Look closely at the specific wording within the Animal Care Policy Manual (see link). The Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS, see link) reviewed the Manual and submitted comments to specific policies. Examples: