Animal Welfare Act of 1966

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Animal Welfare Act of 1966

The Animal Welfare Act (Laboratory Animal Welfare Act of 1966, P.L. 89-544) was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson (D) on August 24, 1966. It is the only Federal law in the United States that regulates the treatment of animals in research and exhibition. Other laws, policies, and guidelines may include additional species coverage or specifications for animal care and use, but all refer to the Animal Welfare Act (otherwise known as the “AWA”) as the minimally acceptable standard for animal treatment and care. The USDA and APHIS oversee the AWA and the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have primary legislative jurisdiction over the Act.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_Welfare_Act_of_1966

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20 thoughts on “Animal Welfare Act of 1966

  1. WH

    Monday, April 25, 2014

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  2. Animal Welfare Act of 1966

    The Animal Welfare Act (Laboratory Animal Welfare Act of 1966, P.L. 89-544) was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson (D) on August 24, 1966. It is the only Federal law in the United States that regulates the treatment of animals in research and exhibition. Other laws, policies, and guidelines may include additional species coverage or specifications for animal care and use, but all refer to the Animal Welfare Act (otherwise known as the “AWA”) as the minimally acceptable standard for animal treatment and care. The USDA and APHIS oversee the AWA and the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have primary legislative jurisdiction over the Act.

    For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_Welfare_Act_of_1966

    • Feds go after online ‘puppy mills’

      9/10/13 04:23 PM ET By Julian Hattem – TheHill

      The Obama administration is extending federal oversight to online pet stores in an effort to crack down on abusive “puppy mills.”

      A measure from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) puts new restrictions on breeders that sell pets on the Internet, closing what animal rights advocates call a loophole in the law.

      “The puppy mills are kind of like factory farms for dogs where the mother dogs are treated like a breeding machine and the puppies are turned out like a commodity,” Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive of the Humane Society of the U.S., said in an interview with The Hill.

      “They don’t think of them of companions like pet owners do. It just becomes a money-making operation.”

      Breeders and other animal businesses have to abide by licensing and regulations issued under the Animal Welfare Act of 1966. The measure sets minimum standards for some wholesale breeders of dogs, cats and other pets.

      Retail outlets that sell animals are exempt from those rules, however. As a result, some negligent breeders have begun to sell their animals on the Internet to escape scrutiny, Pacelle said.

      “You have thousands of puppy mill operators who have migrated to the Internet as their primary means of commerce, and the Animal Welfare Act regulations were adopted prior to the era of the Internet,” he said. “It didn’t anticipate that direct sales by that method would come to dominate the industry.”

      The USDA’s regulation would change the definition of a “retail pet store” to exempt only brick-and-mortar facilities from the Animal Welfare Act.

      Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/administration/321435-feds-go-after-online-puppy-mills

    • It’s ‘bone-appétit’ for California pooches under new law

      August 21, 2014 10:55 PM By Jennifer Chaussee – Reuters

      (Reuters) – California diners can now legally enjoy a meal on a restaurant patio with their dogs in tow, under a law signed Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown that eliminates health code regulations banning restaurant owners from allowing pooches on the premises.

      Starting next year, California canines will be allowed to dine al fresco if they are wearing leashes or are relaxing in a carrier.

      ““I wish everyone ‘bone-appétit,’” quipped Democratic Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, the law’s author. “Restaurateurs in California will see more businesses catering to their customers and the canine companions they love.”

      The new law clarifies a section of the state’s health code that banned dogs from restaurants altogether, including on outdoor patios or courtyards. The rule has caused confusion because some local governments choose to enforce the law, while others turned a blind eye.

      In counties where local officials were more lax about enforcement, restaurant owners who encouraged their guests to bring their pups to dinner were at risk of facing penalties for a health code violation.

      “We’re thrilled that now restaurants will have more freedom to determine for themselves the customers they’d like to serve,” said Angelica Pappas, spokeswoman for the California Restaurant Association. “For many, the four-legged kind – and their people – are a hungry market.”

      The law only allows dogs on restaurant patios if there is a separate entrance where they can enter the outdoor area without entering the restaurant building.

      Further restrictions also ban dogs from sitting on chairs or benches, mingling in kitchens, or making direct contact with servers or cooks. Pet owners will also be held liable for any property damage their dogs cause.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/bone-app-tit-california-pooches-under-law-025549341.html

    • FEMA.gpv  – Canine’s Role in Urban Search & Rescue

      National US&R Response System Canine Search Teams (handler and canine) play a critical role during structural collapse incidents. The canines locate survivors, using their incredible sense of smell to detect live human scent, even from a survivor buried deep in rubble.

      Canine and Handler Certification – Learn about the rigorous certification process each Canine Search Team must pass in the National US&R Response System.

      Canine Search Specialist Certification Process – This document describes the National US&R Response System process that can also be used by Federal, state, and local organizations to determine Canine Search Team readiness levels.

      Urban Search & Rescue Canine Photos – View photos of National US&R Response System Canine Search Teams responding to disasters.

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      FEMA US&R canine handlers are comprised of civilians, firefighters, and police department members. Most of the certified canines are Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherd Dogs, Belgian Malinois, Border Collies and Golden Retrievers.

      Canines with high “toy drive” are used for urban search and rescue. It is a game of “hide and seek” for the dog. In training, people run from the dog and hide with the toy, playing with the dog when found. By the time the dog is on a real search, he is looking willingly for trapped survivors.

      Few search dogs wear “booties” when working on a rubble pile. Despite the hazards of sharp metal and broken glass, the dogs often need to perform what is called a “soft walk” where they splay their paws for maximum traction. Collars and booties can actually add to the canine’s risk of injury when searching in tight or obstructed spaces.

      For more: http://www.fema.gov/canines-role-urban-search-rescue

  3. White House aides to attend Michael Brown funeral

    August 24 at 5:45 AM By Associated Press

    EDGARTOWN, Mass. — President Barack Obama is sending three White House aides to the funeral of Michael Brown, the young black man whose fatal shooting by a white police officer sparked days of racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

    Leading the group for Monday’s service will be the chairman of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, Broderick Johnson. My Brother’s Keeper is an Obama initiative that aims to empower young minorities.

    Also attending will be the deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, Marlon Marshall, and an adviser for the office, Heather Foster.

    For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/obama-sends-white-house-aides-to-ferguson-funeral/2014/08/23/88a1a284-2b25-11e4-8b10-7db129976abb_story.html

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    Go inside the White House with White House Curator Bill Allman as he shows you how the effects of the White House fire of 1814 still linger untill this day.

  5. WH

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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  6. Obama to speak at Legion national convention

    August 22, 2014 legion.org

    President Barack Obama will address The American Legion on Aug. 26 at the organization’s 96th National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. His speech, along with the rest of the general session, will be streamed live start at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at http://www.legiontv.org.

    “The American Legion is honored that the nation’s commander-in-chief will address those of us who have served in uniform,” National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger said. “With so many important issues ranging from the state of VA health care to the Global War on Terrorism, it is vitally important that The American Legion hear from our national leaders. In addition to the president, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Va.), VA Secretary Robert McDonald, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Rep. Jeff Miller ((R-Fla.), Oliver North, Montel Williams and many other distinguished guests will be addressing our Legion delegates and their family members next week. We expect to have a productive and enjoyable convention.”

    With a current membership of 2.4 million wartime veterans, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more than 13,000 posts across the nation.

    • August 26, 2014

      Remarks by the President to the American Legion National Convention

      Charlotte Convention Center
      Charlotte, North Carolina

      12:07 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. Please, everybody, have a seat. Hello, Legionnaires!

      AUDIENCE: Hello!

      THE PRESIDENT: I want to thank Commander Dellinger for the introduction, but more importantly, for your service in the Army. And as you conclude your tenure as Commander, thank you for your tireless commitment to America’s veterans.

      I want to thank the entire leadership team for welcoming me here today, including your National Adjutant, Dan Wheeler; your Executive Director in Washington, Peter Gaytan; Nancy Brown-Park, all the spouses, daughters — (applause) — hey! — sisters of the Auxiliary, and the Sons of the American Legion. (Applause.) And let me say that I join you in honoring the memory of a friend to many of you — an Army veteran and a great Legionnaire from North Carolina, Jerry Hedrick. (Applause.)

      To Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan, Mayor Dan Clodfelter — thank you for welcoming us to the great state of North Carolina and to Charlotte, and for your great support of our troops and our veterans.

      And I do have to mention the President of Boys Nation –Matthew Ellow, from Lacey’s Spring, Alabama. I welcomed Matthew and all the incredible young people of Boys and Girls Nation to the White House last month. I was running a little bit late, so they just started singing, filling the White House with patriotic songs. And then they sang Happy Birthday to me, so I was pretty moved. And they’re a tribute to the Legion and to our country.

      I’ve brought with me today our new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Bob McDonald. (Applause.) And for those of you who are not aware, Bob is one of America’s most accomplished business leaders. He comes from a military family. He excelled at West Point, served as an Army Airborne Ranger — so he’s got a reputation for jumping into tough situations. (Laughter.) And he’s hit the ground running, visiting hospitals and clinics across the country, hearing directly from veterans and helping us change the way the VA does business. And by the way, Washington doesn’t agree on much these days, but he got confirmed 97 to 0. (Applause.) People understand he’s the right man for the job. He has my full support. And, Bob, I want to thank you for once again serving your country. (Applause.)

      It’s an honor to be back with the American Legion. In the story of your service we see the spirit of America. When your country needed you most, you stepped forward. You raised your right hand, you swore a solemn oath. You put on that uniform and earned the title you carry to this day — whether Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, Coast Guardsman.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/08/26/remarks-president-american-legion-national-convention

    • August 26, 2014

      FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces New Executive Actions to Fulfill our Promises to Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families

      Today, President Obama will address the American Legion’s 96th convention and outline the five priorities the Administration is focused on to ensure we are fulfilling our promises to service members, veterans and their families: delivering the quality health care veterans have been promised; ensuring all veterans have every opportunity to pursue the American Dream; providing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with the resources our veterans deserve; protecting the dignity and rights of all veterans; and eliminating the decades-old disability claims backlog.

      The President will announce 19 new executive actions to serve the military community, including new efforts to strengthen service members’ access to mental health care. The President will also highlight efforts to improve the transition between DoD and VA care for those leaving military service, and improve economic opportunity for our military families with new private-sector commitments that will make it easier to obtain mortgage interest rate reductions and reduced monthly payments – helping more of our troops save money through lower monthly payments. The President will also announce that the Administration is continuing to make significant progress toward reducing the number of veterans who suffer from homelessness. Over the past four years a third of homeless veterans, nearly 25,000, have moved off the streets, out of shelters and into housing. The President will also renew his call for community action — asking every American to do their part to support our service members, Veterans, and their families.

      All of these announcements, including the new executive actions and progress being made on existing efforts, reflect the commitment of the President and his administration to expanding opportunity for those who sacrifice so much to serve our country:our service members, veterans and their families.

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/08/26/fact-sheet-president-obama-announces-new-executive-actions-fulfill-our-p

    • Raw Video: Meeting Lucy Coffey

      Published on Aug 26, 2014

      President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with Lucy Coffey. A veteran of the Women’s Army Corps in World War II, Lucy is the nation’s oldest living female veteran.

  7. Orders for U.S. Durable Goods Surged in July on Aircraft Demand

    Aug 26, 2014 5:30 AM PT By Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    Orders for U.S. durable goods jumped in July by the most on record as bookings surged for commercial aircraft. Demand for business equipment eased after the biggest gain in seven months.

    Bookings for goods meant to last at least three years climbed 22.6 percent after a 2.7 percent gain in June that was bigger than previously reported, data from the Commerce Department showed today in Washington. An air show in the U.K. helped drive a 318 percent jump in plane orders, the most January 2011. A 0.5 percent drop in orders for non-military capital goods excluding aircraft last month followed a June increase of 5.4 percent.

    Prospects that demand will be sustained are giving companies reason to make larger investments in their operations. Persistent job growth that keeps households spending, along with a pickup in overseas markets, would help provide an added boost for manufacturers.

    “Between consumers buying more cars and business investment picking up from the weak first quarter, we’ve had pretty solid growth over the past few months,” Gus Faucher, senior economist at PNC Financial Services Group Inc. in Pittsburgh, said before the report. “Things are looking better for manufacturing after some softness in early 2014.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-26/orders-for-u-s-durable-goods-surged-in-july-on-aircraft-demand.html

  8. Consumer Confidence in U.S. Rises to Almost Seven-Year High

    Aug 26, 2014 7:28 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Consumer confidence in the U.S. unexpectedly climbed in August to the highest level in almost seven years, reinforcing signs of a strengthening outlook for the second half of 2014.

    The Conference Board’s sentiment gauge rose to 92.4, the highest since October 2007, from a revised 90.3 a month earlier, the New York-based private research group said today. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey called for a decline to 89.

    Americans are finding more reasons to be upbeat about their prospects for the rest of the year as recent reports pointed to a pickup in the job market and stock prices advanced to records. Stronger sentiment will also help underpin consumer spending, which makes up almost 70 percent of the economy.

    “Consumer confidence can sustain these high levels and even build on it a little,” Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics in Valhalla, New York, said before the report. “The key driver is the labor market, and the numbers there have been showing an improvement.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-26/consumer-confidence-index-in-u-s-increases-to-92-4-in-august.html

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