HB1387 (2020) Detail

Prohibiting the declawing of cats.


HB 1387 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2084

08/10

 

HOUSE BILL 1387

 

AN ACT prohibiting the declawing of cats.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Rogers, Merr. 28; Rep. Leishman, Hills. 24; Rep. Dutzy, Hills. 30; Rep. Weyler, Rock. 13; Rep. Schultz, Merr. 18; Rep. St. Clair, Belk. 9

 

COMMITTEE: Environment and Agriculture

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill prohibits the removal of claws from cats by persons practicing veterinary medicine.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2084

08/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT prohibiting the declawing of cats.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Section; Removal of Claws from Cats.  Amend RSA 332-B by inserting after section 20 the following new section:

332-B:21  Removal of Claws from Cats Prohibited.  

I.  No person shall remove the claws of a cat by performing an onychectomy, partial or complete phalangectomy, or a tendonectomy, by any means, on a cat except when necessary in order to address the physical medical condition of the cat, such as an existing or recurring illness, infection, disease, injury, or abnormal condition in the claw that compromises the cat's health.  No person shall remove the claws of a cat for cosmetic or aesthetic reasons or for reasons of convenience in keeping or handling the cat.

II.  Any person licensed or certified under this chapter who removes the claws of a cat in violation of paragraph I shall be punishable by a fine to be determined by the board of veterinary medicine not to exceed $500.

2  New Subparagraph; Removal of Claws from Cats.  Amend RSA 332-B:14, II by inserting after subparagraph (p) the following new subparagraph:

(q)  Violation of RSA 332-B:21 relative to the removal of claws from cats.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Links

HB1387 at GenCourtMobile
HB1387 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 16, 2020 House Hearing
Feb. 4, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 19, 2020 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1387 Revision: 6997 Date: Dec. 2, 2019, 3:41 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Environment and Agriculture HJ 1 P. 20
Jan. 16, 2020 Public Hearing: 01/16/2020 11:45 am LOB 303
Jan. 30, 2020 Full Committee Work Session: 01/30/2020 10:00 am LOB 303
Feb. 4, 2020 Executive Session: 02/04/2020 10:00 am LOB 303
Feb. 19, 2020 Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 02/19/2020 (Vote 12-8; RC) HC 7 P. 19
Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 12-8; RC)
Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass
Feb. 19, 2020 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA DV 198-157 02/19/2020