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4th Session, 41st Legislature

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Bill 221

THE ANIMAL CARE AMENDMENT ACT (DECLAWING OF CATS)


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(Assented to                                         )

HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

C.C.S.M. c. A84 amended

1           The Animal Care Act is amended by this Act.

2           The following is added after section 5.3 and before the heading for Part 3:

Elective declawing of cats prohibited

5.4         A veterinarian must not perform a partial digital amputation (commonly known as declawing or onychectomy) on a cat unless they are of the opinion that there exists a veterinary medical reason to perform the procedure.

Coming into force

3           This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.

Explanatory Note

This Bill amends The Animal Care Act to prohibit a veterinarian from declawing a cat unless, in their opinion, there is a veterinary medical reason to do so.