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Follow-Up to Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Controls Over Licensing of Animal Exhibitors

Report Information

Date Issued
Report Number:
Report Type
Animal Plant Health Inspection Service
OIG evaluated APHIS’ controls over the licensing of exhibitors of dangerous animals and the agency’s efforts to safeguard both the animals and members of the public who visit exhibitor facilities.
Joint Report
Agency Wide
Yes (agency-wide)
Questioned Costs
Funds for Better Use


Conduct a study to determine if there continues to be an issue with public barriers at licensed exhibitors with potentially dangerous animals. If the results indicate an issue, determine and implement the necessary corrective actions (i.e., new regulations, training, and/or guidance).

Consult with OGC to determine if APHIS has the authority under the AWA to require exhibitors to report animal escapes and/or attacks to APHIS. If APHIS does have the necessary authority, take action to ensure exhibitors report animal escapes and/or attacks to APHIS.

Document the procedures for canceling a regulatory proposal, including the reason for any removal.

Develop and implement controls for Animal Care assistant directors to monitor adherence to RBIS frequency to ensure that inspections are conducted in a timely manner.