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USDA/APHIS RIN: 0579-AE61 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: Establishing AWA Standards for Birds 

This rulemaking would extend APHIS enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to birds, other than birds bred for use in research.  This would help ensure the humane care and treatment of such birds.

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:
Action Source Description Date
NPRM  Judicial  February 2022   

Overall Description of Deadline: Mandated by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in a May 26, 2020 Stay (Case # 1:18-cv-01138-TNM).

Statement of Need:

Although the AWA authorizes the regulation of birds not bred for use in research, APHIS has not to this date promulgated regulations and standards for the humane care and treatment of such birds.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

7 U.S.C. 2131 to 2159; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.7.



Anticipated Costs and Benefits:



Failure to issue the rule would not comport with the Court’s order in the Stay, and could place at risk the humane care and treatment of birds, other than birds bred for use in research.

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  02/00/2022 
Additional Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Lance Bassage
DVM, Director, National Policy Staff, Animal Care
Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
4700 River Road Unit 84,
Riverdale, MD 20737
Phone:518 218-7551