SENATE ECONOMIC GROWTH COMMITTEE
SENATE, No. 1209
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
DATED: MAY 31, 2018
The Senate Economic Growth Committee reports favorably Senate Bill No. 1209.
As reported, this bill prohibits a person from performing, or causing to be performed, an onychectomy (declawing) or flexor tendonectomy procedure by any means on a cat or other animal, unless the procedure is deemed necessary for a therapeutic purpose by a licensed veterinarian. A violation of this provision is a disorderly persons offense, which is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, a term of imprisonment of up to six months, or both. A violator is also to be subject to a civil penalty of between $500 and $2,000.
Under the bill, whenever a licensed veterinarian determines that an onychectomy or flexor tendonectomy is necessary for a therapeutic purpose, the veterinarian is required to file a written statement with the Department of Health, and provide a copy of that statement to the owner or keeper of the animal. A veterinarian who fails to comply with this provision is to be subject to disciplinary action by the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.