The Power of Federal Regulations
In order to enforce federal laws, the Executive Branch creates independent federal agencies that are empowered to enforce certain areas of the federal law. These agencies have the power to interpret the laws and provide regulations that enable them to enforce the laws. The language of the regulations is much more precise than the language of the laws to which the regulations refer. The interpretations of the federal laws by federal agencies are as binding as the laws themselves. Agency regulations are collected and published in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is organized similarly to the U.S. Code.
United States Department of Agriculture
In the Animal Welfare Act, congress empowered the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) with enforcing the Animal Welfare Act. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) administers the Animal Welfare Act and its regulations.
Information about the APHIS and its role in animal welfare can be found at: http://www.nal.usda.gov/awic/legislat/usdaleg1.htm
Download Your Copy of the Animal Welfare Regulations
The USDA regulations for enforcing the Animal Welfare Act are included in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 9, Chapter 1, Subchapter A – Animal Welfare. Click on the button below to download this section of the Code of Federal Regulations. The file is in PDF format and is about 4990kb.