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

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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-Amended.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________

                                         1303--A

                               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,  BUTTENSCHON  --  Multi-Sponsored  by -- M. of A.
          COOK,  ENGLEBRIGHT,   FITZPATRICK,   GARBARINO,   LIFTON,   McDONOUGH,
          PHEFFER AMATO, SIMON, SOLAGES, STECK, THIELE -- read once and referred
          to  the  Committee  on  Agriculture  --  reported  and referred to the
          Committee on Codes --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
          reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

        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  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.
    17    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD06056-02-9
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