[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 113 (Tuesday, June 12, 2012)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-14302]

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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2012-0048]

Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information 
Collection; Animal Welfare

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Extension of approval of an information collection; comment 


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's 
intention to request an extension of approval of an information 
collection associated with its Animal Welfare Act regulations for the 
humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of certain animals 
by dealers, research facilities, exhibitors, carriers, and intermediate 

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
August 13, 2012.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2012-0048-0001.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2012-0048, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, 
APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-
    Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may 
be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2012-
0048 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA 
South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, 
DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, 
please call (202) 799-7039 before coming.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the Animal Welfare 
Act regulations, contact Dr. Barbara Kohn, Senior Staff Veterinarian, 
Animal Care, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 84, Riverdale, MD 20737; 
(301) 851-3751. For copies of more detailed information on the 
information collection, contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS' 
Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851-2908.

    Title: Animal Welfare.
    OMB Number: 0579-0093.
    Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information 
    Abstract: The regulations in 9 CFR parts 1 through 3 were 
promulgated under the Animal Welfare Act (the Act) (7 U.S.C. 2131 et 
seq.) to ensure the humane handling, care, treatment, and 
transportation of animals covered under the Act. The Act and 
regulations are enforced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal 
and Plant Health Inspection Service.
    The regulations in 9 CFR part 3, subparts A, D, and E, cover dogs 
and cats, nonhuman primates, and marine mammals, respectively. Subparts 
B and C cover rabbits, guinea pigs, and hamsters. Subpart F of 9 CFR 
part 3 covers warmblooded animals other than dogs, cats, nonhuman 
primates, marine mammals, rabbits, guinea pigs, and hamsters. Regulated 
facilities are required to keep certain records and provide specific 
information regarding health and feeding, housing, space, 
transportation, exercise, perimeter fencing, marine mammal interactive 
programs, and programs of veterinary care. We review this information 
to evaluate program compliance.
    We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve 
our use of these information collection activities for an additional 3 
    The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public 
(as well as affected agencies) concerning our information collection. 
These comments will help us:
    (1) Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including 
whether the information will have practical utility;
    (2) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the 
collection of information, including the validity of the methodology 
and assumptions used;
    (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, 
electronic, mechanical, and other collection technologies; e.g., 
permitting electronic submission of responses.
    Estimate of burden: The public reporting burden for this collection 
of information is estimated to average 0.291821788 hour per response.
    Respondents: Dealers, research facilities, exhibitors, carriers, 
and immediate handlers.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 11,687.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 14.73235219.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 172,177.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 50,245 hours. (Due to 
averaging, the total annual burden hours may not equal the product of 
the annual number of responses multiplied by the reporting burden per 
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of 
public record.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 6th day of June 2012.
Kevin Shea,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-14302 Filed 6-11-12; 8:45 am]