A bill outlawing the clipping of cats’ claws other than for established therapeutic purposes passed the Illinois House of Representatives on Thursday and is due for further consideration in the Illinois Senate.
This law states:animal welfare lawThis amendment states, “Surgical removal of the cat’s claws, removal of the claws, or tenotomy, or otherwise altering the cat’s toes, claws, or paws so that the cat’s toes, claws, or paws remain normal.” “interfering with or impairing the functionality of the
The amendment passed the Illinois House of Representatives 67-38, with one member present to vote. Her six members of the Illinois House of Representatives did not vote on the bill.
Supporters of the bill likened the process of removing nails to amputation and said the procedure was inhumane and unnecessary.
According to NBC affiliate wandRep. Charlie Meyer, who opposed the bill, said seniors who own cats can get infections from the start.
“I actually know someone who was scratched by a cat and had to fight to keep his hands on it for a month and a half.” There are pain relievers given to these cats if they need to do so.”
According to WAND, Rep. Kelly Cassidy pushed back against Meyer’s proposal.
“Imagine the idea of removing body parts to have a cat in your life,” Cassidy said.
If the bill passes the Senate, it could go to Governor JB Pritzker’s desk, where it could be signed.