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ASPCA Policy and Position Statements

An Overview of ASPCA Programs and Activities 

0.1 History
0.2 Structure

ASPCA Origin, Vision, Mission and Guiding Principles 

1.1 Origins of the ASPCA
1.2 Vision
1.3 Mission
1.4 Guiding Principles
1.5 Overview of Policies and Positions

Companion Animals 

Pet-Keeping Policies 

2.1 Human/Companion Animal Bond
2.2 Definition of Companion Animal
2.3 Species Suitable to be Companion Animals
2.4 Definition of Responsible Guardian
2.5 Sources of Companion Animals
2.6 Criteria for Responsible Care
2.7 Obeying Local Laws
2.8 Life-long Care
2.9 Pets in Classrooms
2.10 Hoarding

Service Animal Policies 

2.11 General Considerations
2.12 Therapy Animals
2.13 Service Animals

Policies on Pet Overpopulation Issues 

2.14 Companion Animal Birth Control
2.15 Pre-Adoption and Early-Age Sterilization
2.16 Spay/Neuter Programs
2.17 Laws That Limit or Prohibit Pets
2.18 Euthanasia
2.19 Animal Transport for Adoption
2.20 Pound Seizure
2.21 Feral Cat Management
2.22 No-Kill Community Coalitions
2.23 Asilomar Accords

Policies on Dangerous Dogs 

2.24 Dangerous Dog Laws
2.25 Breed-Specific Legislation
2.26 Breed Profiling by Insurance Companies
2.27 The Use of Force by Law Enforcement

Farm Animals 

3.1 General Considerations
3.2 Confinement, Outdoor Access, Space & Enrichment
3.3 Genetics and Breeding
3.4 Physical Alterations
3.5 Handling and Worker Training
3.6 Transport
3.7 Slaughter
3.8 Antimicrobials
3.9 Feeding
3.10 Downed Animals

Animals in Research and Education 

Animals in Research 

4.1 General Considerations
4.2 Using Animals to Test Household Products and Cosmetics
4.3 Using Animals to Develop Medical Treatments
4.4 Using Animal Organs for Transplantation into Other Animals
4.6 Using Animals in Scientific Applications

Animals in Education 

4.7 General Considerations
4.8 Dissection
4.9 Veterinary Medical Education
4.10 Students Who Object on Ethical Grounds

Animals in Entertainment, Sports and Work 

Animals in Entertainment 

5.1 General Considerations
5.2 Circuses and Traveling Shows
5.3 Roadside Zoos
5.4 Rodeo
5.5 Marine Mammal Shows
5.6 Animal Acts and Contests
5.7 Animal Actors
5.8 Racing
5.9 Fighting
5.10 Bestiality

Animals in Sport and Recreation 

5.11 General Considerations
5.12 Dog Parks
5.13 Shows and Exhibitions

Working Animals 

5.14 General Considerations
5.15 Guard Dogs
5.16 Working Dogs and Horses
5.17 Carriage Horses
5.18 Consumption of Horsemeat 
5.19 Law Enforcement Animals
5.20 Military Animals

Wild Animals 

6.1 General Considerations
6.2 Wild Horses and Burros
6.3 Hunting
6.4 Canned & Computer Hunting
6.5 Leg-Hold and Body-Gripping Traps
6.6 Rodent Control
6.7 Wildlife Roundups
6.8 Fur
6.9 Wild Animals as Pets
6.10 Endangered Species
6.11 Animal Parts
6.12 Hides, Skins and Feathers
6.13 Farming Wildlife for Food
6.14 Animal Sacrifice
6.15 Zoos

Position Statements 

Alternative Methods of Birth Control
Animal Transport for Adoption
Asilomar Accords: Definitions
Behavioral Pharmacology
Birds as Pets
Breed-Specific Bans
Breed-Specific Legislation
Criteria for Responsible Breeding
Dangerous Dog Laws
Data Collection & Reporting
Declawing Cats
Dog Chews/Treats
Euthanasia
Exotic Animals as Pets
Feral Cat Management
Hoarding
Hybrids as Pets
Law Enforcement Response to Potentially Dangerous Dogs
Licensing
Mandatory Spay/Neuter Laws
Microchips
Ownership/Guardianship
Pound Seizure
Pet Cloning
Pet Identification
Pets as Gifts
Pit Bulls
Surgical Procedures for Resolving Undesirable Behavior
The Use of Taste-Aversive Additives in Antifreeze
Training Aids and Methods
Zoos and Aquariums