USDA’s Animal Care Program Enhances Searchable Database to Provide the Public with Greater Access to Animal Welfare Information
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has developed an expanded and improved search engine that provides greater access to information about USDA licensees and registrants regulated under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
The AWA, enforced by APHIS’ animal care program, establishes federal standards of humane care and treatment that must be provided for certain animals that are bred for commercial sale, used in research, transported commercially or exhibited to the public. Animal care ensures the welfare of the animals it regulates by conducting unannounced inspections of USDA licensees and registrants. For the past several years, it has posted its inspection reports as public information on a searchable, online database accessible from APHIS’ website.
Now the program has upgraded the search tool for their database, known as the Animal Care Information System (ACIS), so the public can search for licensing data, inspection data and information contained in the annual reports submitted by USDA-registered research facilities.
Not only is there more information available than ever before, but users can also export data for their own specific purposes into Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.
+ Direct to ACIS
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture