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USDA/APHIS RIN: 0579-AE61 Publication ID: Fall 2022 
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: Final 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).

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  02/22/2022  87 FR 9880   
NPRM Comment Period End  04/25/2022 
NPRM Comment Period Extended  04/22/2022  87 FR 24072   
NPRM Comment Period Extended End  05/25/2022 
Final Rule  02/00/2023 
Additional Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Dr. Cody Yager
DVM, MPH, Avian Specialist, Animal Care
Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
4700 River Road Unit 84,
Riverdale, MD 20737
Phone:970 494-7478