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USDA Seeks Public Input on Recognizing Third-Party Inspections

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced the agency is seeking public input on whether they should recognize inspections (and similar reviews) by third-party programs when determining the frequency of federal inspections for facilities regulated under the Animal Welfare Act.

Starting on January 18, 2018, the agency began hosting four in-person listening sessions and one virtual session. Any interested person may speak. A list of locations and dates for these sessions, along with instructions for registering are available at: www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis

USDA/APHIS inspectors conduct routine, unannounced inspections of all Animal Welfare Act licensees and registrants. Various factors determine the inspection frequency for each entity including a facility’s history of adhering to the federal regulations and standards. Some licensees and registrants already use a third-party program to support animal welfare at their facilities. The agency is interested in learning more about these programs and hearing the regulated community’s and stakeholders’ views on how we might consider the use of these programs in our administration of the Animal Welfare Act.

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Endangered Species Act

Join WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society’s call to action to protect and defend the Endangered Species Act. Tell Congress to protect the ESA not destroy it! Contact your representatives in Congress via the web at www.house.gov and www.senate.gov
And “Let your voice be heard!”

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