Cat owners in the US may soon be able to take action against their pets, if the new President of the United States of America Donald Trump signs an executive order that would allow owners to sue pet owners for the health problems they experience with their pets.
Trump has already made it clear that he does not think cats should be allowed to be pets.
The president said in an interview with ABC News on Friday that he has “great respect for cats and their owners.”
However, in a statement issued by his office, Trump’s administration said that he had not yet considered the proposal and that the administration was currently considering it and was evaluating it.
“As of today, the president has not taken a final decision on the implementation of the new policy,” the statement read.
A spokesperson for the American Veterinary Medical Association told Business Insider that it would be open to reconsidering the proposal if Trump reconsiders it. “
While the administration is considering its position on the new rule, it has made clear that it does not believe that cats should have access to a full range of medications, such as corticosteroids and antibiotics, that are commonly prescribed to pets.”
A spokesperson for the American Veterinary Medical Association told Business Insider that it would be open to reconsidering the proposal if Trump reconsiders it.
A spokesperson from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology told Business News Daily that it was a “good start.”
But they said that they were “skeptical” about the plan because it would not be binding on any specific states.
“The American Veterinary Association is concerned that the proposed regulation will not protect pets from serious disease caused by other species,” the group said in a press release.
“For instance, cats are not immune to some types of viral infections and could potentially become ill if they come into contact with people who have weakened immune systems, which could lead to infections, pneumonia and other illnesses.”
But the association has also said that the legislation does not address the issues that are currently facing pet owners.
The American Veterinary Society of Philadelphia said in its statement that the new measure does not take into account the current cat population, which is estimated to be around 5 million animals.
“Our hope is that this new regulation will lead to more veterinary care for cats in America and that they will no longer be an inescapable part of pet owners’ lives,” the association said.
It also said it was concerned that any regulation would have to address the health of pets before it would become a federal law.
“This new regulation does not cover any of the diseases that are common in cat owners and their pets,” the American Humane Association said in their statement.
“If the FDA adopts this new rule and imposes mandatory cat testing on pet owners, it would potentially undermine our longstanding commitment to a veterinary-first approach to health care and potentially threaten the safety of the thousands of cats in shelters, where testing is currently voluntary.”
It’s unclear whether any of Trump’s supporters in Congress would support his move.
“It’s a good thing to bring back a cat,” Trump said during his interview with the network, adding that he “would be very happy” to have a new president in office.
“I would be happy to see him.”