Regulatory Brief

 Horse Protection Act; Requiring Horse Industry Organizations to Assess and Enforce Minimum Penalties for Violations


Formal title: Docket Number [APHIS-2011-0030] Horse Protection Act; Requiring Horse Industry Organizations to Assess and Enforce Minimum Penalties for Violations


Summary:

APHIS is proposing to amend the horse protection regulations to require horse industry organizations or associations that license Designated Qualified Persons to assess and enforce minimum penalties for violations of the Horse Protection Act (the Act) and the regulations. The regulations currently provide that such penalties will be set either by the horse industry organization or association or by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This action would strengthen our enforcement of the Act and the regulations by ensuring that minimum penalties are assessed and enforced consistently by all horse industry organizations and associations that are appointed under the Act by the U.S.Department of Agriculture to cooperate in our enforcement efforts.

View AVMA's response to Horse Protection Act; Requiring Horse Industry Organizations to Assess and Enforce Minimum Penalties for Violations (PDF)

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Status:

AVMA Responded on July 26, 2011