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USDA/APHIS RIN: 0579-AB24 Publication ID: Fall 2010 
Title: Animal Welfare: Marine Mammals; Nonconsensus Language, and Interactive Programs(Rulemaking Resulting From a Section 610 Review) 
Abstract: The U.S. Department of Agriculture regulates the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of certain marine mammals under the Animal Welfare Act. The present standards for these animals have been in effect since 1979 and amended in 1984. During this time, advances have been made and new information has been developed with regard to the housing and care of marine mammals. This rulemaking addresses marine mammal standards on which consensus was not reached during negotiated rulemaking conducted between September 1995 and July 1996. These include standards affecting variances, indoor facilities, outdoor facilities, space requirements, and water quality, as well as swim-with-the-dolphin programs. These actions appear necessary to ensure that the minimum standards for the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of marine mammals in captivity are based on current general, industry, and scientific knowledge and experience. 
Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
RFA Section 610 Review: Rulemaking Resulting From a Section 610 Review 
CFR Citation: 9 CFR 1    9 CFR 3   
Legal Authority: 7 USC 2131 to 2159   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  05/30/2002  67 FR 37731   
ANPRM Comment Period End  07/29/2002    
NPRM  12/00/2010    
NPRM Comment Period End  02/00/2011    
Additional Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Barbara Kohn
Senior Staff Veterinarian, Animal Care
Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Unit 84, 4700 River Road, Unit 84,
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234
Phone:301 851-3751

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