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Florida senator files bill to outlaw declawing most cats

August 3, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida state senator has filed legislation that would outlaw declawing of cats except under certain circumstances.

The bill filed Friday by Democratic Sen. Lauren Book of Plantation would impose fines of $1,000 on veterinarians who declaw cats when it is not medically necessary. They could also be disciplined by the Board of Veterinary Medicine for doing so.

There are health exemptions for such things as infections or disease that might make it necessary to declaw a cat. In many cases, people declaw cats because they can damage furniture and attack wildlife, such as birds.

The bill is similar to a New York measure signed into law last month by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Book’s legislation is filed for the 2020 Florida session, which begins in January.

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