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Full Text of HB1533  103rd General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning animals.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Humane Care for Animals Act is amended by
5adding Section 3.10 as follows:
6    (510 ILCS 70/3.10 new)
7    Sec. 3.10. Cat declawing.
8    (a) As used in this Section:
9    "Declawing" means an onychectomy or any other surgical
10procedure to amputate or modify a portion of a cat's paw in
11order to remove the cat's claws. This term does not include the
12trimming of nonviable claw husk or placing nonpermanent nail
14    "Tendonectomy" means a procedure in which the tendons to a
15cat's limbs, paws, or toes are cut or modified so that the
16normal functioning of the claws is impaired.
17    "Therapeutic purpose" means a medically necessary
18procedure to address an existing or recurring infection,
19disease, injury, or abnormal condition in the claws, nail bed,
20or toe bone, which jeopardizes the cat's health. "Therapeutic
21purpose" does not include a procedure performed for a cosmetic
22or aesthetic purpose or to make the cat more convenient to keep
23or handle.



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1    (b) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (c), a
2person shall not perform surgical claw removal, declawing, or
3a tendonectomy on any cat or otherwise alter a cat's toes,
4claws, or paws to prevent or impair the normal function of the
5cat's toes, claws, or paws.
6    (c) Surgical claw removal, declawing, or a tendonectomy on
7any cat or otherwise altering a cat's toes, claws, or paws to
8prevent or impair the normal function of the cat's toes,
9claws, or paws may only be performed by a veterinarian
10licensed under the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice
11Act of 2004 for therapeutic purposes for the cat.
12    (d) The Department of Agriculture shall impose upon a
13person who violates this Section a civil penalty of $500 for a
14first violation, $1,000 for a second violation, and $2,500 for
15a third or subsequent violation.
16    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect 90 days
17after becoming law.