The days when people casually decide to have their cats declawed and vets comply are slowly reaching an end. Animal welfare groups have been at the forefront of educating the public about the true nature of declawing as a serious, painful procedure that can cause cats long lasting distress. Then major veterinary associations eventually joined the campaign. The American Association of Feline Practitioners and California Veterinary Medical Association are two important policy makers that strictly oppose declawing.
Unfortunately, despite all of our collective protestation and widely available information about declawing, state legislation to outlaw the practice has been underwhelming. Since New York set an encouraging example in 2019 by becoming the first state in the U.S. to ban declawing completely, a number of bills have been introduced in other states to do the same, but none of the bills have passed. In fact, many of those bills either died on the floor or have been in limbo for years due to inaction.
This has been the outcome of bills to ban declawing in Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, and West Virginia. Even in California, where declawing has been banned in the city of West Hollywood since 2003 and in many other cities since, a 2019 ban failed to pass. Let’s hope that the New Jersey bill that is currently going through the legislative process will succeed.
On the bright side, more and more individual cities are adopting declawing bans. Outside of California, which as stated is the leader in city-level bans, Denver, St. Louis, and Austin have outlawed declawing while Madison, WI and Pittsburgh, PA are taking promising steps similar legislation.
If an anti-declawing bill is in motion in your city, county, or state, tell your representative to support it. They must hear from their constituents, clearly and often, so that they know this is not a matter to be swept under the rug!
10/9/2021 08:29:58 am
Best thing I did was declaw my cats. I have two beautiful cats. Who like to play hard. I never have to worry if they who hurt each other. It is amazing when they play together real hard.
10/10/2021 12:11:08 am
Would you amputate the finger tips of your human kids or remove their teeth if they were play fighting and scratching or biting one another? Of course you wouldn't because that would be cruel and maiming or disfiguring them for life. The same applies to cats. When you declaw them, you are mutilating their paws which can cause permanent pain and leave them crippled potentially. Outlawing declawing statewide and beyond is necessary to stop uneducated people from causing harm to their own cats. Plus, there's also of course the cat owners that declaw because they are more concerned about their furniture then the health of their pets. In those cases, I say don't get a cat or have a child..they can destroy things too. It's natural for cats to want to scratch and they need their claws for climbing to get away from predators or to defend themselves if they are allowed outside or accidentally get out.
10/9/2021 09:26:19 am
I just hope and pray they don’t dont accidentally get out of your house as they have no protection from predators... why don’t you get your nails removed and see how you survive..
10/9/2021 01:06:33 pm
You could have accomplished the same thing by purchasing a pair of nail clippers. It seems to me the worst damage can be done by unrestrained "bunny kicking" and biting anyway.
1/16/2022 04:27:32 am
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