Receipt of a petition for new rulemaking under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) was announced in today’s Federal Register (80 FR 36251) by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). In its petition, the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) expresses concern that the APHIS Animal Care Information System and the APHIS annual report provide an insufficient level of detail about animals used for research, and recommends the current AWA reporting form (Form 7023) be replaced with a template comparable to that used by Member States of the European Union (a link to the template is available in the Federal Register notice). As modified by the NAVS, the template requires reporting the numbers and types of animals, as well as for what specific research, testing, and educational purposes those animals are being used. APHIS has requested comments on the NAVS petition, posted under Docket ID APHIS-2015-0033 at www.regulations.gov, and has also posed several general questions regarding current reporting requirements.
The AVMA intends to review the petition and provide feedback to the USDA, and welcomes assistance from AVMA members in the preparation of its response. You can share your thoughts with us by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 10, 2015. If you prefer to send your response directly to USDA you may do so electronically at www.regulations.gov or via surface mail to Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Comments sent directly to USDA are due to them by August 24, 2015.