Animal Welfare; Retail Pet Stores and Licensing Exemptions

Docket ID: APHIS-2011-0003
Agency: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
Parent Agency: Department of Agriculture (USDA)
This rulemaking will revise the definition of retail pet store and related regulations to bring more pet animals sold at retail under the protection of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Retail pet stores are not required to be licensed and inspected under the AWA. This rulemaking is necessary to ensure that animals sold at retail are monitored for their health and humane treatment.
RIN: 0579-AD57
Impacts and Effects: International, Small Entities (Business)
CFR Citation: 9 CFR 1 and 2
Priority: Other Significant
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Publication Period: Fall 2013
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 7 USC 2131 to 2159
Legal Deadlines: None
Government Levels Affected: No
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: No
Small Entities Affected: Business
International Impacts: Yes
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
ActionDateFR Citation
NPRM05/16/201277 FR 28799
NPRM Comment Period End07/16/2012
NPRM Comment Period Extended07/16/201277 FR 41716
NPRM Comment Period Extended End08/15/2012
Final Rule09/18/201378 FR 57227
Final Rule Effective11/18/2013
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Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Category: Animal Welfare
Keyword(s): USDA, agriculture
Type: Rulemaking
Program: Animal Care

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
Aug 15, 2012 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 05/16/2012
ID: APHIS-2011-0003-0001
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 01/23/2015
ID: APHIS-2011-0003-15392
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 09/18/2013
ID: APHIS-2011-0003-15373
Comment Period Closed
Proposed Rule
Posted: 07/16/2012
ID: APHIS-2011-0003-8841

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 09/16/2013
ID: APHIS-2011-0003-15372
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 09/16/2013
ID: APHIS-2011-0003-15371
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 05/16/2012
ID: APHIS-2011-0003-0002


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Comments Received*
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Agency Contact
Gerald Rushin
Veterinary Medical Officer, Animal Care
301 851-3740
4700 River Road, Unit 84, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231
Riverdale, MD 20737-1231
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