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Full Text of HB1533  103rd General Assembly


Rep. Barbara Hernandez

Filed: 3/6/2023





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 1533 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
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.



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1    "Therapeutic purpose" means a medically necessary
2procedure to address an existing or recurring infection,
3disease, injury, or abnormal condition in the claws, nail bed,
4or toe bone, which jeopardizes the cat's health. "Therapeutic
5purpose" does not include a procedure performed for a cosmetic
6or aesthetic purpose or to make the cat more convenient to keep
7or handle.
8    (b) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (c), a
9person shall not perform surgical claw removal, declawing, or
10a tendonectomy on any cat or otherwise alter a cat's toes,
11claws, or paws to prevent or impair the normal function of the
12cat's toes, claws, or paws.
13    (c) Surgical claw removal, declawing, or a tendonectomy on
14any cat or otherwise altering a cat's toes, claws, or paws to
15prevent or impair the normal function of the cat's toes,
16claws, or paws may only be performed by a veterinarian
17licensed under the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice
18Act of 2004 for therapeutic purposes for the cat.
19    (d) The Department of Agriculture shall impose upon a
20person who violates this Section a civil penalty of $500 for a
21first violation, $1,000 for a second violation, and $2,500 for
22a third or subsequent violation.
23    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect 90 days
24after becoming law.".