Animal Welfare Laws and Regulations



Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)

An NIH site offering a compendium of Federal laws, policies, and guidelines as well as publications and newsletters. OLAW is the NIH entity responsible for promulgating and enforcing PHS policy on the use of vertebrate animals in research.


Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC)

The Department of Agriculture's major site containing copies of laws, regulations and policies, newsletters, publications, and a selection of databases related to the search for alternatives and other issues related to animal welfare. A link to the National Agricultural Library (NAL) is provided.


Animal Welfare Act

Animal Welfare Act and Regulations, at the Animal Welfare Information Center, USDA.


US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Regulations

This is the full text of the animal welfare regulations promulgated by the USDA to implement the Animal Welfare Act. It forms the basis for regulatory enforcement and inspection by the Department.


National Institutes of Health (NIH) Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

A complete copy of the 1996 Guide produced by the National Academy of Sciences. The Standards and recommendations incorporated into the Guide cover all aspects of animal welfare. The Guide is the basis for regulatory enforcement and inspection by both the NIH and the NY State Department of Health.


American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Panel on Euthanasia

This publication contains the report of the AVMA panel covering all acceptable methods of euthanasia. Conditionally acceptable methods (those that may be used only under special conditions) are discussed as well. This document is the required standard for the selection of a method for euthanasia.


USDA Policy Manual

The policy manual presents specific policies used by the USDA to expand on portions of the regulations, clarify specific issues, or provide interpretation of specific regulations. The policies are binding.


The New York State Department of Health

Documents available are the New York State law and regulations regarding proper conduct of "scientific tests, experiments or investigations, involving the use of living animals".