Update (June 12, 2023): The bill has passed the NJ Senate! The Assembly bill has been referred to the Agriculture Committee.
NJ RESIDENTS: SUPPORT A STATEWIDE DECLAW BAN
Crossover bills A2578 and S1803 would ban surgical declawing of cats and other animals throughout New Jersey. The same initiative failed in 2020. Make is successful this time by contacting the chair of the Assembly committee that will be voting on this bill!
**Use this sample letter to tell your representatives to support A2578. Include a personal note to increase your impact:
Subject: Prohibit Declawing, Please Support A2578 / S1803
Dear Assemblyman Freiman,
As a compassionate and concerned citizen, I urge you to support bill A2578 / S1803, which would ban the painful procedure of declawing cats in the state of New Jersey. The declaw procedure is actually the amputation of the last joints of a cat’s toes; it creates lifelong damage that cannot be reversed.
A cat’s claws are essential; they’re used as a means of protection and defense and the grip that they provide allows cats to stretch and strengthen muscles. Cats use their paws in many ways, from grooming to leaving their scent, and any pain from declawing can disrupt the expression of these natural behaviors.
Declawing does not address unwanted scratching and in fact can cause additional behavioral problems due to chronic pain and trauma. A cat who experiences paw pain may exhibit litter box avoidance, and cats who lack claws may use their teeth more in nervous situations. While some may argue that declawing can help a particular cat remain in a home, research has shown that many, if not most, cats who are relinquished to shelters for behavioral reasons are declawed. Thankfully, there are numerous alternatives to declawing; scratching posts, nail caps and trims, spray deterrents and positive behavior modification are all ways to minimize problem scratching.
The state of New Jersey should join New York, Maryland, the numerous countries around the world and almost every Canadian province, which have already banned this unnecessary and ineffective procedure.
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