New Jersey will be the first state to ban cat declawing, a surgical technique considered by many to be cruel and unnecessary. If the bill of law which outlaws this practice will pass, vets who are caught performing the said procedure will be fined and even spend time behind bars. Ditto for the customers who makes the request.
Cat declawing is an invasive surging procedure during which the vet permanently removes the cat’s claws by amputating its ‘toes’. Although many European countries have banned this procedure because it’s too painful and cruel for the unfortunate feline, declawing is still practiced all over the United States.
Most of the time cat owners who choose to declaw their cats argue that this is the only way they can stop the feline from destroying the furniture. But if this new bill is passed, owners will have to look for another way of convincing their furry companions to keep their claws away from their precious furniture.
According to the bill, a vet who will be caught performing the soon-to-be clandestine procedure will have to cough up $1,000 and probably spend the next six months in jail for animal abuse. In addition to serving time in jail and the fine, the vet will also have to pay civil penalties which can amount to $2,000.
Fortunately, the same rules apply for cat owner who specifically requests this surgical intervention. For years now, animal rights communities have tried to outlaw this procedure, calling it barbaric and ‘for the sake of the owner’s comfort’.
Feline’s who undergo the declawing procedure will feel vulnerable and depressed as a result of losing a part of their body that helps them perform various tasks such as walking, jumping, and scratching the litter box.
However, many vets declare that, although the procedure is indeed painful for the animal, if this should pass, we could see a spike in abandonment and animal euthanasia.
When the cat declawing bill passes, the town of New Jersey will become the first US city to ban this practice.
Vets said that there are other alternatives to keep in mind before resorting to this type of procedure. The simplest solution, one vet said, is to buy a scratch post. Cats love them, and this simple wooden pole wrapped in string can save your cat from a life of suffering, as well as your furniture.
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