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                                                   VOL. 59, NO. 117

                                              Monday, June 20, 1994

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
[Docket No. 90-006-4]

 

Farm Animal Issues Under the Animal Welfare Act; Public Meeting

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

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SUMMARY: We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health 
Inspection Service is hosting a public meeting to gather information on 
the care and use of farm animals for nonagricultural activities 
regulated by the Animal Welfare Act. Recommendations and proposed 
guidelines from this meeting will be used in further evaluation and 
review of regulatory issues concerning the care and use of farm animals 
for nonagricultural activities.

PLACE, DATE, AND TIME OF MEETING: The meeting will be held at the 
University of Maryland University College, The Inn and Conference 
Center, room 0105, University Boulevard and Adelphi Road, College Park, 
MD 20742. The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on 
Thursday, July 7, 1994. Parking will be available at The Inn and 
Conference Center for $0.50 per hour or $4.00 for the entire day.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. G. Cherry, Acting Director, Animal 
Care Staff, REAC, APHIS, USDA, room 565, Federal Building, 6505 
Belcrest Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782, (301) 436-7833.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2131 
et seq.), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is 
responsible for regulating the care and use of farm animals for 
nonagricultural activities. In September 1993, APHIS hosted an open 
forum in Oklahoma City, OK, to canvass the concerned public for 
recommendations and opinions on the housing, care, handling, and unique 
practices applied to the nonagricultural uses of farm animals. The 
forum addressed almost exclusively the concerns of the agricultural and 
nonagricultural research industry in respect to these issues. In 
December 1993, APHIS held a meeting attended solely by Federal 
personnel representing various governmental agencies, also to discuss 
issues concerning the care and use of farm animals for nonagricultural 
activities.
    The purpose of the public meeting announced in this notice is to 
obtain input from the general public, animal scientists and 
researchers, exhibitors, dealers, commercial animal transporters, and 
animal protection groups concerning the issues discussed above. Topics 
addressed may include, but need not be limited to: (1) Agricultural 
exemptions; (2) agricultural versus nonagricultural environments; (3) 
the well-being of farm animals; and (4) special considerations for 
major operative procedures. We emphasize that the meeting will focus 
only on farm animal issues that are subject to the Animal Welfare Act; 
issues concerning farm animals used in production agriculture are not 
subject to the Animal Welfare Act. The comments received during the 
meeting will aid APHIS in developing regulations and standards for the 
humane care and treatment of farm animals used for nonagricultural 
activities that are subject to the Animal Welfare Act.
    The meeting on July 7, 1994, will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 
p.m.; however, the meeting may end earlier if all persons desiring to 
speak have been heard. We ask that persons who wish to speak register 
with APHIS by submitting their request in writing to Ms. Joy DeArce, 
Animal Care Program Specialist, REAC, APHIS, USDA, room 568-C, Federal 
Building, 6505 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782, no later than July 
1, 1994. Participants should limit presentations to 10 minutes in order 
to allow everyone wishing to speak an opportunity to be heard. Any 
person attending the meeting who did not register with APHIS by July 1 
will be given an opportunity to speak after the registered speakers 
have completed their presentations, as time permits. All participants 
are requested to submit a written or computer disc copy of their 
presentation to APHIS on the day of the meeting.
    Any person who is unable to attend the public meeting but wishes to 
comment, or any person who attends the public meeting but wishes to 
submit additional comments, may send written comments to Ms. Joy 
DeArce, at the address listed for her above, no later than July 22, 
1994.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 15th day of June 1994.
Alex B. Thiermann,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 94-14930 Filed 6-17-94; 8:45 am]
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