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Jun 07

New York Legislature Passes Bill to Prohibit Declawing Cats, First State to Do So

New York’s full legislature has passed a measure that criminalizes the declawing of cats.

The measure – Assembly Bill 01303 – has been sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo after passing the legislature. The governor now has the option of signing it into law, allowing it to become law without his signature, or vetoing it.

Sponsored by a bipartisan coalition of 36 lawmakers, AB01303 bans the procedure called onychectomy, which is when the claws of a cat are removed from their paws. The new measure states:

“No person shall perform an onychectomy (declawing), partial or complete phalangectomy 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. Any person who performs an onychectomy, partial or complete phalan- 13 gectomy or tendonectomy procedure on any cat within the state of New 14 York in violation of the provisions of subdivision one of this section 15 shall be punishable by a civil penalty not to exceed one thousand 16 dollars.”

The full text of the legislation can be found by clicking here.

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