Advocacy Comments on APHIS’ Proposal to Establish Animal Welfare Standards for Birds not Bred for Research
On May 24, 2022, Advocacy filed a public comment letter on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service’s proposed rule to establish animal welfare standards in birds not bred for research. The proposed rule creates new recordkeeping, licensing, and operational requirements for bird breeders, dealers, and exhibitioners. Advocacy and small businesses agree that care should be taken to ensure the health and safety of birds. APHIS should, however, provide additional guidance on implementation and enforcement of the rule, as well as examine whether there are any alternatives that may minimize the burden to small entities while ensuring the welfare of the birds.