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Israel: Humane Treatment of Cats

(Dec. 6, 2011) On November 28, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Humane Treatment of Animals (Protection of Animals) Law, 5754-1994. The amendment prohibits the cutting or amputating of cats' knuckles, tendons, or the live part of claws (hereinafter the procedure) in the absence of a medical need for treatment of the cat or when required for preventing a serious health hazard to its holder. A veterinarian who performs the procedure may presume that such a hazard exists if he is presented with a medical certificate indicating the need for the procedure in order to avoid such a hazard.

The amendment provides instructions on the procedure, including specific directions for marking the area medically treated, informing and providing proper documentation to the Ministry of Agriculture, and instructing the cat holder of any needed further treatment for the animal. (Humane Treatment of Animals (Protection of Animals) Law [in Hebrew], 5754-1994, SEFER HAHUKIM [Official Gazette] 5754, No. 1447, at 56; Humane Treatment of Animals (Protection of Animals) (Amendment No. 8) Law, 5772-2011 [in Hebrew] (last visited Dec. 2, 2011).)