TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Declawing cats, unless medically necessary, would be banned under a bill proposed for the 2020 legislative session by Sen. Lauren Book.
The Plantation Democrat’s measure (SB 48) mirrors a plan recently enacted in New York.READ MORE: Florida School District Defies Gov. Ron DeSantis' Ban On Masks
The New York law, signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on July 22, imposes a $1,000 fine on veterinarians that perform the procedure.
Under Book’s proposal, Florida veterinarians that declaw cats unless it’s medically necessary would face a $1,000 fine and be subject to disciplinary action by the Board of Veterinary Medicine.READ MORE: State Senator Gary Farmer Says Governor’s Executive Order Preventing School Mask Mandates Is Unconstitutional
The legislation includes exceptions for “recurring illness, infection, disease, injury or abnormal condition” which compromises a cat’s health.
In New York, the law was backed by the Humane Society of the United States and opposed by the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, which argued declawing should remain an option when the alternative is abandonment or euthanasia.MORE NEWS: President Biden Criticizes Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
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