Eyes on Washington week ending 04.28.17

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On April 25, 2017, Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas. The U.S. Senate confirmed Secretary Perdue by a vote of 87-to-11 last Monday evening.

“We are all stewards of the land owned or rented, and our responsibility is to leave it better than we found it.” Perdue said.

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On April 27, 2017 the USDA Animal Care released a newly designed version of the Animal Welfare Act and Animal Welfare Regulations that features numerous updates and upgrades since November 2013, including a revised definition of “exhibitor.”

The Animal Welfare Act and its associated regulations set the federal standards for humane care and treatment that must be provided for certain animals that are: exhibited to the public; bred for commercial sale; used in biomedical research; and/or transported commercially.

On April 21, 2017 USDA APHIS posted inspection reports of Animal Welfare Act compliance inspections that were conducted between January 10, 2017, and March 24, 2017.

As part of the agency’s comprehensive review of the documents removed from their website in early February, they are continuing to closely review animal inventories that accompany inspection reports. For this reason, the newly posted inspection reports do not include animal inventories, but the agency intends to make this information available in the future.

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