New Jersey One Step Closer to Being the First State to Ban Declawing

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On Monday, January 23rd, New Jersey moved one step closer to becoming the first state to ban cat declawing after the state Assembly voted to pass the bill, 43-10.

The bill would make declawing illegal, and veterinarians who performed the procedure could face a fine of up to $1,000 or six months in jail. In some rare cases, declawing is done for medical reasons, and veterinarians would not face penalties in those instances.

Declawing is a procedure which is typically performed to stop cats from damaging furniture or scratching people. Declawing is extremely painful for cats, though, and is widely regarded as being a harmful practice.

Now that the Assembly has passed the bill, the bill moves on to the Senate.

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