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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.
Introductory Course for Commercial Dog Breeders
The USDA worked with Iowa State University's Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) to provide information on federal licensing and regulatory requirements. Announcement posted on 04/02/2013. View:
An eleven-part course was developed by the CFSPH and USDA. Below is the link to the powerpoint presentation.
NOTE: While the course provides clarity on requirements, it also reenforces the fact that breeding is a commercial activity and, in essence, promotes the mass production of puppies and kittens. Breeding dogs and cats and selling the puppies and kittens generates profits for the producers. This course provides information to encourage and sustain this industry (no matter how large the facility). Petitions are online protesting this course.
Topics covered include:
Presentation 1: Introduction to APHIS Animal Care and the Regulatory Process
Presentation 2: The Licensing Process
Presentation 3: Maintaining Your License
Presentation 4: Program of Veterinary Care
Presentation 5: Exercise
Presentation 6: Identifying Animals and Keeping Records
Presentation 7: Housing Part 1 (General Overview)
Presentation 8: Housing Part 2
Presentation 9: Husbandry Standards
Presentation 10: Transportation and Minimum Age Requirements
Presentation 11: Brokers and Auctions
Input about the Manual
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. The Companion Animal Protection Society (see link below) reviewed the Manual and submitted comments. Examples: