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USDA/APHIS RIN: 0579-AD99 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Animal Welfare; Establishing De Minimis Exemptions From Licensing 

In the 2014 Farm Bill, Congress amended the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to provide the Secretary of Agriculture with the authority to determine what facilities and activities involving AWA regulated animals are de minimis and therefore exempt from licensure and oversight. We are proposing to amend the AWA regulations to enact this new provision. This change would provide APHIS with the flexibility to exempt from licensing those dealers and exhibitors who provide adequate levels of humane care to their animals, allowing us to target our enforcement resources where they are most needed. Dealers and exhibitors operating at or below the threshold would be exempted from APHIS licensing and oversight under the AWA.

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 
CFR Citation: 9 CFR 1 to 3   
Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 2131 to 2159   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/04/2016  81 FR 51386   
NPRM Comment Period End  11/02/2016 
Final Action  04/00/2017 
Additional Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Rachel Cezar
Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer, Horse Protection Coordinator, Animal Care
Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
4700 River Road, Unit 84,
Riverdale, MD 20737
Phone:301 851-3746