Important Federal Agencies

The following Federal Agencies affect AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Regulatory Scope:

National Marine Fisheries

Regulatory Scope:

  • Endangered Species Act
  • Marine Mammal Protection Act
  • Highly Migratory Species (Sharks)

USDA / Animal and Plant Health Inspection

Regulatory Scope:

  • Animal Care: Animal Welfare Act inspections and standards for public display of warm-blooded animals
  • Veterinary Services: Import and export of species monitored for human and animal health purposes

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Regulatory Scope:

  • Import/export of animals (human health threats) and non-human primates

Federal Aviation Administration

Regulatory Scope:

  • Humane transportation of animals
 

Food and Drug Administration

Regulatory Scope:

  • Interstate movement of animals (human health threats)

Homeland Security

Regulatory Scope:

  • Air shipment/inspection of animals

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