Government Documents

Animal Welfare

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:

Russia’s 2022 Invasion of Ukraine: Related CRS Products  (4/29/22)

U.S. Citizenship Through Military Service and Options for Military Relatives  (4/29/22)

U.S. Security Assistance to Ukraine  (4/29/22)

The State Secrets Privilege: National Security Information in Civil Litigation  (4/28/22)

Russia’s War in Ukraine: Military and Intelligence Aspects  (4/27/22)

Campaign Finance and the First Amendment: Supreme Court Considers Constitutionality of Limits on Repayment of Candidate Loans  (4/26/22)

International Neutrality Law and U.S. Military Assistance to Ukraine  (4/26/22)

Muslim Holidays: Fact Sheet  (4/26/22)

Arms Control and Nonproliferation:  A Catalog of Treaties and Agreements  (4/25/22)

Congressional Gold Medals: Categorization of Proposed and Enacted Medals, 1973-2020  (4/25/22)

Privately Made and Unmarked Firearms: Overview of ATF “Ghost Gun” Rule  (4/25/22)

The Equal Rights Amendment: Recent Developments  (4/25/22)

Insurance, Cyberattacks, and War in Ukraine  (4/22/22)

Designation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status: Impact and Other Considerations  (4/21/22)

Russia’s Nuclear Weapons: Doctrine, Forces, and Modernization  (4/21/22)

Federal Role in Voter Registration: The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and Subsequent Developments  (4/20/22)

Israel: Background and U.S. Relations in Brief  (4/15/22)

Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Current and Potential Programs  (4/13/22)

Blockchain: Novel Provenance Applications  (4/12/22)

Membership of the 117th Congress: A Profile  (4/7/22)

Sexual Harassment and Assault at School: Divergence Among Federal Courts Regarding Liability  (4/7/22)

U.S. Border Patrol Encounters at the Southwest Border: Titles 8 & 42  [graphic]  (4/7/22)

A Code of Conduct for the Supreme Court? Legal Questions and Considerations  (4/6/22)

The Major Questions Doctrine  (4/6/22)

Women in National Governments Around the Globe: Fact Sheet  (4/6/22)

How Climate Change May Affect the U.S. Economy  (4/4/22)

Overview of Federal Hate Crime Laws  (4/1/22)

Roll Call Votes to Confirm Supreme Court Nominations: Historical Analysis of Support and Opposition (1900-2020)  (4/1/22)