Microchip Implants for Pet Birds
MICROCHIP IMPLANTS AS AN OFFICIAL FORM OF IDENTIFICATION FOR PET BIRDS
August 12, 2002
Federal Register: (Volume 67, Number 155)
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
9 CFR Part 93
[Docket No. 01-023-2]
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: We are amending the regulations to allow the use of microchip
implants as an acceptable form of identification for pet birds of U.S.
origin returning to this country after being outside the United States.
regulations have previously provided only for the use of leg bands or
tattoos to identify such birds, but microchips have become the preferred
method of identification used by avian veterinary practitioners. This
provides for the use of an additional means of identifying certain U.S.
origin pet birds while continuing to provide protection against the
introduction of communicable poultry diseases into the United States.
EFFECTIVE DATE: September 11, 2002.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Sara Kaman, Senior Staff
Technical Trade Services, National Center for Import and Export, VS,
4700 River Road Unit 39, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231;