Animal Health Protection Act Law and Legal Definition

The Animal Health Protection Act (Act) is a federal legislation that provides for the protection and welfare of animals. The Act is codified at 7 USCS prec § 8301. The Act prohibits the importation or entry of any animal that is deemed to disseminate any pest or disease of livestock within the U.S. The Act prohibits the use of any means of conveyance in connection with the importation or entry of livestock if the means of conveyance has not been maintained in a clean and sanitary condition. The Act also provides to maintain in all regions of the U.S., a sufficient number of federal and state veterinarians who are well trained in recognition and diagnosis of exotic and endemic animal diseases.