2005 Enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act:
Whose Side is the USDA on?

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2005 Enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act: Whose Side is the USDA on?
By Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN
saen@saenonline.org 

Recommendations

1. Enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act in laboratories should be taken out of the hands of the USDA. This agency is clearly far too involved in animal experimentation to regulate this industry effectively.

2. An independent agency that is uninvolved in the performance of animal experimentation should be given the responsibility for enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act in all laboratories, both federal and non-federal.

3. All Federal Facilities should be required to post listings of their research projects (i.e. similar to the CRISP system or DOD Biomedical Research Database) on the internet, along with annual reports (as is currently done by the DOD). This information should be posted annually in a timely manner. Though the DOD posts an annual report on this issue, the latest report available covers animal use in 2001.

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