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A01303 Summary:

BILL NOA01303B
 
SAME ASSAME AS S05532-B
 
SPONSORRosenthal L (MS)
 
COSPNSRDinowitz, 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
 
MLTSPNSRCook, Englebright, Fitzpatrick, Garbarino, Lifton, McDonough, Pheffer Amato, Simon, Solages, Steck, Thiele
 
Add 381, Ag & Mkts L
 
Relates to the prohibition of declawing of cats; makes such violation punishable by a civil penalty not to exceed $1,000.
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A01303 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A1303B
 
SPONSOR: Rosenthal L (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to prohibiting the declawing of cats   PURPOSE: This bill prohibits the performance of declawing procedures on cats.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one amends the agriculture and markets law by adding a new section 381 . Section two sets forth the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Cats' claws play an important role in various aspects of their lives. Cats use their claws to assist in climbing and maintaining balance, to help them fully stretch, to relieve stress through kneading and to escape danger. When a person has its animal declawed, usually in an attempt to protect furniture, they do fundamental damage to that animal both physically and in behavioral ways. There are harmless ways to manage undesirable behavior through simple training and other estab- lished methods. Declawing, also known as onychectomy, involves the removal of all or most of the last bone of each of the toes of the front feet, and tendons, nerves and ligaments that allow for normal function of the paw are severed, resulting in intense and chronic pain and other serious medical issues. Abscesses often develop as the area comes into contact with dirt or litter, and sometimes regrowth can occur spontaneously resulting in sharp pain or infection. After the claws are removed, the animal tends to shift its gait and where it places most of its weight, causing strain on its leg joints and spine, which can lead to early onset arthritis and prolonged back and joint pain. Declawed cats often develop behavioral problems that lead to their being surrendered to animal shelters where they are, for the most part, not adoptable. Declawing is currently banned in nearly 10 cities in California and in many countries around the world, including Switzerland, Israel and the U.K. This bill seeks to ban such practice in New York State.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2017-18: A.595-A - Referred to Agriculture; S.3376-A - Referred to Agri- culture 2015-16: A.1297-A - Referred to Agriculture;S.5084-A - Referred to Agri- culture   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill shall take effect immediately.
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A01303 Text:



 
                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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