Full Text of HB1533 103rd General Assembly
HB1533eng 103RD GENERAL ASSEMBLY
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AN ACT concerning animals.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Humane Care for Animals Act is amended by
adding Section 3.10 as follows:
(510 ILCS 70/3.10 new)
(a) As used in this Section:
"Declawing" means an onychectomy or any other surgical
procedure to amputate or modify a portion of a cat's paw in
order to remove the cat's claws. This term does not include the
trimming of nonviable claw husk or placing nonpermanent nail
"Tendonectomy" means a procedure in which the tendons to a
cat's limbs, paws, or toes are cut or modified so that the
normal functioning of the claws is impaired.
"Therapeutic purpose" means a medically necessary
procedure to address an existing or recurring infection,
disease, injury, or abnormal condition in the claws, nail bed,
or toe bone, which jeopardizes the cat's health. "Therapeutic
purpose" does not include a procedure performed for a cosmetic
or aesthetic purpose or to make the cat more convenient to keep
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(b) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (c), a
person shall not perform surgical claw removal, declawing, or
a tendonectomy on any cat or otherwise alter a cat's toes,
claws, or paws to prevent or impair the normal function of the
cat's toes, claws, or paws.
(c) Surgical claw removal, declawing, or a tendonectomy on
any cat or otherwise altering a cat's toes, claws, or paws to
prevent or impair the normal function of the cat's toes,
claws, or paws may only be performed by a veterinarian
licensed under the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice
Act of 2004 for therapeutic purposes for the cat.
(d) The Department of Agriculture shall impose upon a
person who violates this Section a civil penalty of $500 for a
first violation, $1,000 for a second violation, and $2,500 for
a third or subsequent violation.
This Act takes effect 90 days
after becoming law.