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Animal Welfare Act Law

The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) was signed into law in 1966. It is the only federal law in the United States that regulates the treatment of animals in research, exhibition and transport, as well as by dealers. Other laws, policies and guidelines may include additional species coverage or specifications for animal care and use, but all refer to the AWA as the minimum acceptable standard.

Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot has a number of lawyers that have experience with the proper interpretation of this law. Our clients include utilities, pipeline companies, hunting organizations, universities, aquariums, animal exhibitors, land developers and individuals. Our clients come to us because of our background and experience in handling these types of cases, and we stand ready to deal with any issues dealing with the AWA. We provide a full range of services related to the AWA, including permitting, administrative rule-making, handling enforcement actions and dealing with the applicable agencies.


James H. Lister
Carissa Siebeneck Anderson