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
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
III. Federal Administrative Law
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.
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.