An Act To amend the Act of August 24, 1966, relating to the care of certain animals used for purposes of research, experimentation, exhibition, or held for sale as pets

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This Act may be cited as the "Animal Welfare Act of 1970". Amendments to the Act of August 24, 1966 (Public Law 89-544; 80 Stat. 350) include definitions for: affecting commerce; research facility; dealer; animal; and exhibitor. Additional regulations are promulgated concerning: registration; purchase restrictions; enforcement; recordkeeping; identification; humane standards, auction sales; experts and consultants; inspections; penalties; and dealer license suspension.


United States Animal Welfare Act of 1970


Smithsonian Legal Documents

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  • 84 Stat. 1560
  • Title 07, Agriculture
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large

Contained within

84 Stat. 1560 (1970); Pub. L. No. 91-579 (Book)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


  • 1971
  • 12/24/1970


  • Animal experimentation
  • Cats
  • Animals
  • Selling
  • Amendments (Parliamentary practice)
  • Transportation
  • Dogs
  • Animal welfare
  • Animals--Transportation
  • Research
  • Selling--Animals


Public Law

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Number of pages: 6; Page Numbers: 1560-65

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