Minimum Age requirements for Transport of Animals

Formal title: Docket Number [APHIS-2006-0024] Minimum Age Requirements for the Transport of Animals


The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) proposes to amend the Animal Welfare Act regulations by adding minimum age requirements for the transport in commerce of animals. The regulations currently contain such requirements for dogs and cats, but no corresponding ones for other regulated animals, despite the risks associated with the early transport of these species. APHIS also proposes to amend the regulations to allow, provided certain conditions are met, for animals to be transported without their mothers for medical treatment and for scientific research before reaching the minimum age and weaning requirement. Establishing minimum age requirements for the transport in commerce of animals and providing for the transport of animals that have not met the minimum age requirements are necessary to help ensure the humane treatment of these animals.

Background Documents:

View AVMA's response to APHIS (PDF)

View Federal Register document (PDF)


AVMA responded on July 8, 2008 and awaits APHIS action to finalize th4e proposed rule or to issue another proposed rule.