Animal Law Research Guide

This guide will assist in researching issues in Animal Law, Animal Rights and Animal Welfare.


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Animal Welfare Related Federal Acts

This section focuses on the Laboratory Animal Welfare Act of 1966 (P.L. 89-544), better known as the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), and related acts such as the Horse Protection Act of 1970 (P.L. 91-540). The following links include the relevant regulatory agency and related materials on animal welfare related laws: 

Wild Horses and Burros

In 1971, the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 (P.L. 92-195) was passed and signed into law. This law determines how wild horse and burros on federal lands will be managed. The following links contain information regarding the relevant regulatory agencies and the relevant resources:

Animal Drug Related Acts

Like human medications, animal drugs and medicated feeds are regulated by the government as well. The following links include relevant regulatory agencies and related materials:

Marine Related Laws

The Magnuson-Stevens Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and other related laws protect and regulate the marine fisheries in U.S. waters. The following links include the related regulatory agencies and relevant materials:

Endangered Species Act (ESA)

The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (P.L. 93-205) protects critically endangered species from extinction and helps those same species recover. The following links provide access to the relevant regulatory agencies and related information.

Where to Find Federal Statutes

For an introduction to statutory research, see our Statutes Research Guide guide. The following is a list of sources for the full text of federal laws:

Statutory Research Tutorial

Includes videos covering topics "What are Statutes and Where to Find Them," "Anatomy of a Code," "Finding Statutes Online," "Finding Statutes Using Print," and "Updating and Currency."