Bill Text: NY A01303 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

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

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 33-4)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-04 - substituted by s5532b [A01303 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A01303-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                          1303
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    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:
     1    Section  1. The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new
     2  section 381 to read as follows:
     3    § 381. Prohibition of the  declawing  of  cats.  1.  No  person  shall
     4  perform  an onychectomy (declawing), partial or complete phlangectomy or
     5  tendonectomy procedure by any means on a cat within  the  state  of  New
     6  York,  except  when  necessary  for a therapeutic purpose.   Therapeutic
     7  purpose means the necessity to address the physical medical condition of
     8  the cat, such as an existing or recurring illness,  infection,  disease,
     9  injury  or  abnormal  condition  in  the claw that compromises the cat's
    10  health. Therapeutic purpose  does  not  include  cosmetic  or  aesthetic
    11  reasons or reasons of convenience in keeping or handling the cat.
    12    2.  Any person who performs an onychectomy, partial or complete phlan-
    13  gectomy or tendonectomy procedure on any cat within  the  state  of  New
    14  York  shall  be  guilty  of  a  violation of this section which shall be
    15  punishable by a civil penalty not to exceed one thousand dollars.
    16    § 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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