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Wolf Dog Coalition - April 22, 1998 USDA Administrator Reed letter to Congressman Wolf


April 22, 1998

Honorable Frank R. Wolf
Member, U.S. House of Representatives

Dear Congressman Wolf:

Thank you for your letters of March 18 and 27, 1998, on behalf of Ms. Diana Bendit and Mr. Gene Sydnor concerning a study that would demonstrate that vaccines currently approved for use in domestic dogs would also be pure, safe, potent, and effective in wolves and wolf-hybrids.

Once we have been provided with the necessary data, Agency officials will review the study to ensure that wolves and wolf-hybrids respond to modified live vaccines - such as those used to prevent canine distemper and parvovirus - in the same manner as domestic dogs. If the studies demonstrate to our satisfaction that wolves and dogs respond to vaccines as members of the same species should, we will take the appropriate action to notify biologics manufacturers of our findings and allow wolves and wolf-hybrids to be added to the list of animals for which applicable canine biologics are approved.

In regard to concerns about the availability of records submitted to the Agency, Ms. Bendit and Mr. Sydnor can be assured that the identities of private individuals providing records for modified live vaccine studies will remain completely confidential. We would not release any information in regard to these records unless specifically requested to do so under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In fact, even in the event that a FOIA request was made, we would not provide any information that could be used to identify an animal's private owner, including names, addresses, and social security numbers, among other things.

We hope this information is helpful to you and your constituents.

Sincerely,


Craig A. Reed
Acting Administrator




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