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Animal Law: West Virginia Legal Research

Federal primary sources useful for animal law-related practice including legislative, judicial, and administrative law. The general public can access access the included sources via free web links provided.

I. Federal Legislative Law

United States Code (USC)

The United States Code (USC) as available on the GPO GovInfo website.

Animal Welfare Act

The federal Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. § 2131 et seq.) regulates the treatment of animals in research, exhibition, transport, and by dealers. The USDA provides an overview of the act and other helpful resources on this webpage.

Humane Methods of Slaughter Act

The federal Humane Methods of Slaughter Act  (7 U.S.C. § 1901 et seq.) requires the proper treatment and humane handling of all food animals slaughtered in USDA inspected slaughter plants. The USDA provides an overview of the act and other helpful resources on this webpage.

II. Federal Judicial Law

United States Courts Opinions

A select collection of federal opinions from United States appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts available on the GPO GovInfo website.

Supreme Court Opinions

An overview on locating U.S. Supreme Court Opinions online and in print provided on the Supreme Court website.

III. Federal Administrative Law

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) as available on the GPO GovInfo website.

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is a multi-faceted federal agency that protects and promotes U.S. agricultural health, regulates genetically engineered organisms, administers the Animal Welfare Act, and carryies out wildlife damage management activities.

Food Safety and Inspection Service

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is a federal agency that protects the public’s health by ensuring the safety of meat, poultry, and processed egg products.

Fish and Wildlife Service

The Fish and Wildlife Service is a federal agency agency whose primary responsibility is management of fish and wildlife for the American public.