As noted in the June 4 post, the new APHIS De Minimis Rule revised three definitions from the Animal Welfare Act’s regulations to reflect the new analysis of the amendment to AWA in the 2014 Farm Bill. The chart below compares the revisions to definitions of Dealer, Exhibitor and Retail pet store, strike-through of deletions, underscore of additions. The APHIS analysis presumes that an activity determined to be “de minimis” presents a sufficiently low risk to covered animals that it can be safely exempted from licensing so that limited Agency resources focus on higher risk activities.
NEW 7/21/18 Final Rule June 2018 – revised definitions chart (PDF)
ANIMAL WELFARE REGULATIONS, PART 1 – DEFINITION OF TERMS, Authority: 7 U.S.C. 2131-2159; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.7 – § 1.1 – Definitions.