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Avian Welfare Laws & Legislation

Research existing and pending laws that impact animal welfare and learn more about animal law.

Current Avian & Animal Welfare Laws

Birds deserve better treatment than this!

ASPCA State Animal Cruelty Laws


ASPCA Report Animal Cruelty


Current Law and Suggested Approaches to Improving Captive Bird Welfare

by Born Free USA


The Current State of Pet Shop Laws
By Born Free USA


What’s the Law: A Summary of Laws Governing Captive Exotic Animals:
By Born Free USA


Model Legislation
By Born Free USA


Model Legislation: An Act Regulating the Sale of Unweaned Birds
By Born Free USA


Currently, there are no requirements governing bird-breeding facilities under the Animal Welfare Act. Click here to learn why..  

Animal Law Resources

Center for Animal Law Studies (CAL) in collaboration with the Animal Legal Defense Fund – Legal Resources
by the International Institute for Animal Law


Animal Legal Defense Fund


US Regulatory Laws and Resources

Animal Welfare Information Center
by the United States Department of Agriculture

Lacey Act

Wild Bird Conservation Act

US State and territory animal import regulations

Know Your Legislators Position on Animal Protection
by Humane USA


International Resources

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES)