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Websites - Regulatory - Legal Issues
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Veterinary sites

  • Animal Legal And Historical Center
    Presented by the Michigan State University - DCL College Of Law, this site contains a full range of legal material relating to animals. Includes USA law, foreign national law, and international publications and resources.
  • Animal Research Laws and Regulations
    The National Association Of Biomedical Research's Animal Law site contains information and resources related to the laws, regulations, policies, and institutions that govern the humane and responsible use of animals in research. The site is an attempt to bring together some of the most useful, informative aspects of the emerging field of animal law and to explore its impact on biomedical research.
  • Equine Infectious Anemia
    This USDA-APHIS site includes Uniform Methods And Rules for testing, reporting, transport, and handling infected or exposed animals, as well as the appropriate forms, fact sheets, and maps relating to EIA.
  • Reptile And Amphibian Care And Regulatory Information
    The goal of this website is to improve public awareness of reptile and amphibian issues and to improve the quality of care to injured wildlife and captive animals. Site contains wildlife rehabilitation information and animal care sheets, as well as a nice section on resources that could be adapted for use in veterinary practices.
  • The National Animal Identification System
    National Animal Identification System (NAIS).
  • The National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NBVME)
  • USDA APHIS Animal Import Regulations
    These contain the latest regulations on interstate movement of animals. These files are presented by USDA APHIS VS but are written and maintained by each State.

Human sites

  • Estate Planning for Non-Human Family Members
    Client information article discussing the legal aspects of planning for the care of a pet after its owner's death. Written by Gerry W. Beyer, Professor of Law, St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
  • Food Safety Education
    The UC Small Farm Center is partnering with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to promote consumer food safety education and reduce the risk of food borne illness.
  • Human Fatality After Accidental Injection Of Micotil
    Veterinarians and animal health distributors, prior to dispensing Micotil, should require the purchaser to sign a product information fact sheet that indicates Micotil can be fatal in humans, and that there is no antidote for this antibiotic.
  • Identity Theft Resource Center
    This site provides consumer and victim support, as well as public education. Site also advises governmental agencies, legislators, law enforcement, and businesses about the evolving and growing problem of identity theft. Some of the more popular sections are breach list, scam alerts, assistance on lost/stolen wallets, victim issues, medical identity theft, victim support, victim impact studies (statistics), and identity theft in the workplace.
  • Immigration Information: Historical/Current
    The Librarians' Internet Index contains a collection of Immigration Information websites that cover historical information sites, as well as current legal information sites.
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • IRS Tax Forms
    You can download any IRS tax form.
  • Spam Laws
    A compilation of laws related to unsolicited bulk and commercial e-mail (spam). Covering laws in the United States, Europe and other countries.
  • SPARC Author Addendum
    This is a legal instrument that modifies the publisher's agreement and allows authors to keep key rights to the articles they write. The Author Addendum is a free resource developed by SPARC in partnership with Creative Commons (http://www.creativecommons.org) and Science Commons (http://science.creativecommons.org), established non-profit organizations that offer a range of copyright options for many different creative endeavors.
  • Stolen ID Search
    Just enter a social security number or credit card number and Trusted ID will tell you if it is published anywhere on the web. As long as you don't have keylogging software or hardware on your computer, it's safe to use this site. Site claims to have over 2.5 million compromised numbers on file.
  • The Castle Coalition
    Run by the Institute for Justice, this site teaches home and small business owners how to protect themselves and stand up to governments and developers who seek to use eminent domain to take private property.
  • US Patent And Trademark Office
    The US Patent And Trademark Office allows users to search for trademarked phrases and licensed patents. If you're considering using a tagline for your advertising, this is a good place to start, if you want to make sure it's not already licensed to another organization/business.
  • Wildlife and Exotic Animal Laws and Regulations
    From the The Georgia Reptile and Amphibian Rescue Effort

General sites

  • A Guide For Livestock Exporters
    From The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Though this is a guide for livestock exporters, it contains a lot of information on general transport guidelines.
  • American Dog Trainers Network
    For additional information on canine legislation, please visit the American Dog Trainers Network
  • American Humane Association
  • Animal Importation
    Frequently Asked Questions about animal importation from the Centers For Disease Control. Information includes requirements for importation of companion animals and exotic pets; airline travel; and international, intra-state, and interstate travel. See http://www.nal.usda.gov/awic/companimals/travelpets.htm for other important links concerning animal travel.
  • Bringing pets to Great Britain
    What you have to do to bring your pet dog or cat into Great Britain through the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) without putting it into quarantine. This site also tells you about quarantine in Great Britain for animals that don't qualify for PETS.
  • Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Alliance
    CWD is a transmissible neurological disease of deer and elk. The mission of the CWD Alliance is to promote responsible and accurate communications regarding CWD, and to support strategies that effectively control CWD to minimize its impact on wild, free-ranging deer and elk populations.
  • Dogwatch
    For information on canine legislation issues, please visit the Dogwatch website
  • Michigan State University College of Law: Animal Legal & Historical Web Center
    This site currently contains over 584 full text cases (US, Historical, and UK) and 894 U.S. statutes, with Michigan and California being very comprehensive. Over 30 topics give the viewer directions and comprehensive explanations on some of the more interesting issues of the animal area. There are also a number of legal articles addressing a wide variety of animal topics. Search by country, state, case, law, or topic.
  • National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP)
    Their research has introduced some interesting relinquishment statistics, shelter statistics, etc related to pet population.
  • NYC Dog watch
    For information on canine legislation issues in NYC, please visit the NYC Dog watch website
  • Office International des Epizooties (OIE)
    Objectives of OIE are: to guarantee the transparency of animal disease status world-wide, to collect, analyze and disseminate veterinary scientific information, to provide expertise and promote international solidarity for the control of animal diseases, and to guarantee the sanitary safety of world trade by developing sanitary rules for international trade in animals and animal products.

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