USDA Requests Comments on Petition to Revise Animal Use Reporting Requirements
Contributor: Catherine Sprankle, NICEATM
The Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) has received a petition from the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) to increase the level of detail in information collected from research facilities in their reports on animal use. NAVS is asking that the annual report required under the Animal Welfare Act include more information on how animals are being used for research and experimentation.
APHIS is soliciting comments to help determine what action, if any, to take in response to this request. In particular, APHIS invites responses to the following questions. Comments are requested by August 24.
- Should APHIS amend the regulations to require research facilities that use animals for teaching, testing, and experimentation to provide specific information about how regulated animals are used (for example, for safety testing, teaching purposes, or disease research)? Would reporting this information improve animal welfare? If so, how?
- If research facilities were required to report the purposes of their animal research activities, what types of information should be provided, and why?
- What might be the effects, if any, on research facilities if they are required to collect and report this additional information?
- Does the annual reporting form currently required to be used by research facilities capture sufficient information? If not, what information is missing?