USDA Announces Requirement for Contingency Plans to Protect Animals During Emergencies

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is issuing a final rule amending the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations to implement a requirement for contingency plans for the handling of animals during emergencies. This lifts a stay on a December 2012 rule that requires regulated facilities to develop contingency plans and train their employees on implementing those plans during an emergency.

This final rule may be viewed at It is effective January 3, 2022.

You can view the news announcement from USDA APHIS and read more about the requirement here.