Petition for a New Amendment to the Animal Welfare Act

Petition for a New Amendment to the Animal Welfare Act

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The Animal Welfare Act of 1966 is the only federal law regulating the treatment of animals in research facilities, circuses, zoos, and more. While there have been numerous amendments to the Act since it was signed into law by Lyndon B. Johnson, it accomplishes little. 

The enforcement of the act is extremely infrequent and inconsistent, even though it’s extremely clear that animal mistreatment and cruelty occurs every day. Oftentimes, the USDA only takes action when a major violation is found, when cruelty towards animals has already occurred. There should be stricter consequences when people and establishments are noncompliant with the Act, and the USDA should more fervently promote humane treatment of animals. 

The consequences for violations are only small fines, and for some of the corporations that carry out animal cruelty, they are easily affordable. There should be stricter punishments and action taken to prevent those people from continuing to mistreat animals. 

On top of that, the regulations that the Act includes are the bare minimum. For example, the AWA is the only federal legislation regulating the use of animals in circuses. These regulations, however well-intentioned, are vague and fairly easily avoidable, on account of the clear enforcement issues. It lacks definition of the terms used, and the inspections are insufficient, lacking necessary resources. It also neglects to prohibit things like whips, which are often used in performances and are clearly harmful to animals. The topic of circuses is only one example of these weak regulations.

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