House Bill 333
151st General Assembly (Present)
Senate Health & Social Services 6/16/22
Awaiting consideration in Committee
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLES 16 AND 24 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO DECLAWING CATS.
This Act amends Title 16 by prohibiting all persons from declawing a cat; a procedure defined as a onychectomy, dactylectomy, phalangectomy, tendonectomy, or any other procedure that removes a portion of the paw or digit of a cat in order to remove a claw or cuts or modifies the tendon of the limb, paw, or digit of a cat to prohibit the extension of a claw. The Act excludes declawing a cat for therapeutic purposes as defined in the Act. A violation under the Act will be considered a civil offense subject to a civil fine up to $1,000. This Act also amends Title 24 specifying that if a veterinarian or a veterinarian technician is found to have declawed a cat, such act will be considered to have been acting “cruel to animals”, and they will be subject to professional disciplinary action.
Takes effect upon being signed into law