Animal Damage Control Act Law and Legal Definition

The Animal Damage Control Act (Act) is a federal legislation created by Congress in 1931. The Act provides broad authority for investigation, demonstration and control of mammalian predators, rodents and birds which are nuisance to agriculture. According to 7 USCS § 426, the Act directs the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct campaigns for the destruction of animals injurious to agriculture and livestock on the national forest and the public domain. The Act also authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct investigations, experiments, and tests to determine the best methods of controlling those animals that causes injury to agriculture, horticulture, forestry, animal husbandry, wild game animals, fur-bearing animals and birds. The Act also protects stock and other domestic animals through the suppression of rabies and tularemia in predatory or other wild animals.