Animal Rights: History and Scope of a Radical Social Movement

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Appendix 5
Successful National Legislation for Animal Welfare
Humane Slaughter Act of 1958, Public Law 85-765. Defines methods of humane slaughter: "No method of slaughter or handling in connection with slaughtering shall be deemed to comply with public policy of the United States unless it is humane."
Animal Welfare Act of 1966, Public Law 89-544. Regulates the transportation, sale, and handling of dogs, cats, and certain other animals to be used for research or experimentation.

Animal Welfare Act, Amendments of 1976. Public Law 94-279. Increases the protection for animals in transit and assures treatment of certain animals. Animal fighting ventures prohibited.

Endangered Species Act of 1973, Amendments of 1979. Requires the secretary of interior to examine the status of a species before declaring it endangered or threatened, designates critical habitats, provides guidelines for establishment of endangered species, and develops programs for conservation.
Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and 1976. Prohibits the killing, capturing, or harassing of any marine mammal without a permit.
Lacey Act, Amendments of 1981. Public Law 97-79. Makes it unlawful for any person to sell, import, export, or receive any illegally taken fish or wildlife or to transport fish and wildlife in any container that has not been properly stamped or marked.
Health Research Extension Act of 1985. Public Law 99-158. Establishes animal research standards that include formation of animal care committees and development of research plans to reduce animal use, provide alternatives to animal use, and reduce pain and discomfort to research animals.
The Food Security Act of 1985. Public Law 99-198. Requires the secretary of agriculture to set standards governing the humane care, treatment, and transportation of animals by dealers, research facilities, and exhibitors. Each research facility must establish at least one committee to assess animal care and practices.
Emergency Wetlands Resources Act of 1985. Public Law 99-645. Provides funding for the maintenance of wildlife refuges and the acquisition of wetlands and provides for inventory and status information on wetland habitats.

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