Animal welfare is a complex topic focusing on issues related to animal pain and suffering, the physical and emotional health of the animals, and the ability of animals to engage in normal, species-typical behaviors. To address the legal issues related to this topic, the first Animal Welfare Act (AWA) was signed into law in 1966 and has been amended several times over the years. This federal law established requirements concerning the transportation, sale, and handling of certain animals and includes restrictions on the importation of live dogs for purposes of resale, prohibitions on animal fighting ventures, and provisions intended to prevent the theft of personal pets. Other laws, policies, and guidelines may include additional species coverage or specifications for animal care and use, but all refer to the Animal Welfare Act as the minimum acceptable standard. The federal government has several agencies that focus and address issues concerning animal welfare. To see a sample of the many resources available, check-out the current display on Animal Welfare available on 2nd Floor South near the bridge to the north-side of the Marx Library. In addition, there is a 12-page companion bibliography showing what we have available in the government documents collection.
Topics in the News -- Yellowstone National Park
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Yellowstone National Park becoming the first national park in the United States. It was established by the 42nd Congress and signed into law (17 Stat. 32) by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. Yellowstone is known for its wildlife, its varied ecological systems, and its many geothermal features. Old Faithful Geyser and some 10,000 other thermal features make this the Earth’s greatest geyser area. The park is found in western United States, largely in the northwest corner of Wyoming and extending into Montana and Idaho, spanning an area of 3,468 square miles. In 1978 it was designated a World Heritage Site.
The display, Yellowstone National Park: 150th Anniversary, commemorating this event, is available near the Government Documents area on 2nd Floor South of Marx Library. There is also a 9-page bibliography highlighting resources available in our Government Documents collections.
Topics in the News -- Some recent reports from the Congressional Research Service:
U.S. Security Assistance to Ukraine (4/29/22)
Muslim Holidays: Fact Sheet (4/26/22)
U.S. Border Patrol Encounters at the Southwest Border: Titles 8 & 42 [graphic] (4/7/22)
The Major Questions Doctrine (4/6/22)
Overview of Federal Hate Crime Laws (4/1/22)