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


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--B
                                                                Cal. No. 476

                               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, ORTIZ, PERRY, WEPRIN -- Multi-Spon-
          sored 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 commit-
          tee -- reported from committee, advanced to a third  reading,  amended
          and ordered reprinted, retaining its place on the order of third read-
          ing

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

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD06056-05-9
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