The AWA was first passed in 1966 and has since been amended six times. It requires that minimum standards of care and treatment be established for certain animals used in research, bred for commercial sale, transported commercially, or exhibited to the public. The 1985 amendments, entitled the "Improved Standards for Laboratory Animals Act," were the most significant changes to the Act and strengthened the standards for providing laboratory animal care, increased enforcement of the Act, provided for the collection and dissemination of information to reduce unintended duplication of experiments using animals ,and mandated training for those who care for and use animals.
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