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COMMENT DEADLINE EXTENDED: Proposed animal welfare regulation for birds

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The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has extended the public comment period on their long-awaited proposal to amend the Animal Welfare Act regulations and establish new standards governing the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of birds. The proposed regulations would apply to birds not bred for use in research; all birds bred for research are exempt from regulation under the AWA. Comments are now due May 25. 

You can read more about the context of this regulation and previous agency actions here and read the comments that the Ornithological Council submitted during a public hearing on the proposed regulation here.

Read the OC's fact sheet about birds and the AWA

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