Federal Statutes

The United States Code
All permanent laws passed by congress and enacted by the President eventually find their way into the United States Code, which is a collection of laws arranged by subject matter called “titles.” Within each title, a subject is further broken down into “chapters,” which are further broken down into “subchapters,” and finally into “sections.” For example, laws dealing with the promotion of popcorn can be found in:

Section 7401 of TITLE 7

Usually, however, subjects are found by title and section (or a range of sections). For example, the promotion of popcorn can be found in Title 7, section 7401, which is abbreviated 7USC7401.


Limits of Federal Law
Laws enacted by the Federal Government are limited in their scope and application to issues listed in Article 1, Section 8 of our Constitution. Among those issues are interstate commerce and foreign commerce, which are the issues most addressed by federal statutes.


The Animal Welfare Act
The Animal Welfare Act, enacted in 1966, specifies the minimum standards of care and treatment that must be provided to certain animals bred for commercial sale (including for use as a pet), used in research, transported commercially, or exhibited to the public. Individuals who operate facilities in those categories must provide their animals with adequate care and treatment in the areas of housing, handling, sanitation, nutrition, water, veterinary care, and protection from extreme weather and temperatures. The act applies to warm-blooded animals only (and even then, there are exceptions).


Download Your Copy of the Animal Welfare Act
The Animal Welfare Act is included in the United States Code, Title 7, Sections 2131 to 2159, Chapter 54: Transportation, Sale, and Handling of Certain Animals. Click on the button below to download this section of the United States Code. 

The file is in PDF format and is about 109kb.