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Animal Well-being

USDA's Animal Well-Being Information Working Group

NIFA and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection (APHIS) lead a USDA Animal Well-Being Information Working Group that meets three or four times a year. This working group seeks to:

  • Enhance interaction with colleagues from other agencies who have a stake in animal well-being.
  • Improve understanding of animal well-being issues.
  • Learn about animal well-being programs in industry or animal advocacy organizations.
  • Pool resources to focus on animal well-being issues facing federal agencies and other organizations.

Participants in this working group include a representative from an animal advocacy or industry-related organization. In addition to learning new animal well-being perspectives, the group determines cooperators on various educational and stakeholder projects and discusses current events and upcoming programs with an animal well-being component.

Participating agencies other than NIFA and APHIS include USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Economic Research Service (ERS), Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), National Agricultural Library (NAL), National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Also participating is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA).


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