Legislation Banning the Declawing of Cats is Making its Way Around the Country

“Unlike human nails which grow from skin, cat’s claws grow from the bone. In order to remove the claw, you have to remove the bone so declawing should really be called de-knuckling,”


June 6, 2019
Katherine Mosqueira

The state of New York, on June 4, 2019, became the first state in America to pass legislation that bans the declawing of cats. This practice is considered inhumane and unnecessary by opposing groups. “Unlike human nails which grow from skin, cat’s claws grow from the bone. In order to remove the claw, you have to remove the bone so declawing should really be called de-knuckling,” Dr. Jennifer Conrad of the Paw Project stated on the Mark Thompson Show.

Some cities, such as Los Angeles and Denver, have made the declawing ban, but other states are still considering similar bans. The state of New York is awaiting the signature of their governor, Andrew M. Cuomo. If Cuomo signs the bill, offenders would face a fine up to $1000.

Why is our progressive state of California behind on passing similar legislation? “California had the opportunity to become the most humane state in the nation and it was squandered,” Conrad said. On April 23, 2019, a hearing was held in California’s capitol to consider Assembly Bill 1230, banning declaw surgery statewide. The bill was left in the committee until the next legislative session in 2020.

 

Listen to the full conversation with Mark Thompson and Dr. Jennifer Conrad here.

 

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