assembly Bill A1303

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to the prohibition of the declawing of cats

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Jan 14, 2019 referred to agriculture

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A1303 - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Agriculture
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add §381, Ag & Mkts
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: A1297
2017-2018: A595

A1303 - Summary

Relates to the prohibition of declawing of cats; makes such violation punishable by a civil penalty not to exceed $1,000.

A1303 - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  1303

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 14, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. L. ROSENTHAL, DINOWITZ, MOSLEY, GOTTFRIED, GALEF,
  RAIA,   LUPARDO,   QUART,  SEAWRIGHT,  SANTABARBARA,  RIVERA,  D'URSO,
  WILLIAMS, BLAKE, GLICK, CARROLL,  BENEDETTO,  STIRPE,  GUNTHER,  NIOU,
  EPSTEIN,  FERNANDEZ  --  Multi-Sponsored  by  -- M. of A. COOK, ENGLE-
  BRIGHT,  FITZPATRICK,  GARBARINO,  LIFTON,  McDONOUGH,  PHEFFER AMATO,
  SIMON, SOLAGES, STECK, THIELE -- read once and referred to the Commit-
  tee on Agriculture

AN  ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to prohib-
  iting the declawing of cats

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1. The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new
section 381 to read as follows:
  § 381. PROHIBITION OF THE  DECLAWING  OF  CATS.  1.  NO  PERSON  SHALL
PERFORM  AN ONYCHECTOMY (DECLAWING), PARTIAL OR COMPLETE PHLANGECTOMY OR
TENDONECTOMY PROCEDURE BY ANY MEANS ON A CAT WITHIN  THE  STATE  OF  NEW
YORK,  EXCEPT  WHEN  NECESSARY  FOR A THERAPEUTIC PURPOSE.   THERAPEUTIC
PURPOSE MEANS THE NECESSITY TO ADDRESS THE PHYSICAL MEDICAL CONDITION OF
THE CAT, SUCH AS AN EXISTING OR RECURRING ILLNESS,  INFECTION,  DISEASE,
INJURY  OR  ABNORMAL  CONDITION  IN  THE CLAW THAT COMPROMISES THE CAT'S
HEALTH. THERAPEUTIC PURPOSE  DOES  NOT  INCLUDE  COSMETIC  OR  AESTHETIC
REASONS OR REASONS OF CONVENIENCE IN KEEPING OR HANDLING THE CAT.
  2.  ANY PERSON WHO PERFORMS AN ONYCHECTOMY, PARTIAL OR COMPLETE PHLAN-
GECTOMY OR TENDONECTOMY PROCEDURE ON ANY CAT WITHIN  THE  STATE  OF  NEW
YORK  SHALL  BE  GUILTY  OF  A  VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION WHICH SHALL BE
PUNISHABLE BY A CIVIL PENALTY NOT TO EXCEED ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS.
  § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06056-01-9

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