USDA Proposes to Implement Contingency Planning Regulations for Handling of Animals During Emergencies

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to amend the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations to implement a requirement for contingency plans for the handling of animals during emergencies.  This would lift 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.

Public comments will be accepted until August 24, 2021.

You can view proposed rule or submit a formal comment here.

You can read the stakeholder announcement here.