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Statement from AZA regarding the APHIS Proposed Rule on Marine Mammals

Silver Spring, MD – Yesterday, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service released a proposed rule on changes to regulations on marine mammals. In response, the AZA released the following statement:

Facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) provide the highest level of animal care and are dedicated to constantly ‎advancing animal welfare standards. AZA has a long history of working with the officials at the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on the shared goal of improving animal welfare practices in the United States. APHIS, which is charged with regulation of the Animal Welfare Act, recently released a proposed rule regarding changes to regulations on marine mammals. AZA will be discussing the new proposed regulations with its members to determine any impact the proposals could have on them and will provide APHIS with its comments‎.

About AZA

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and seven other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit www.aza.org.


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