New Jersey Lawmakers Vote to Make the State the Nation's First to Prohibit Cat Declawing
 
New Jersey Lawmakers Vote to Make the State the Nation's First to Prohibit Cat D
 

On January 23rd, the New Jersey State Assembly approved legislation that would prohibit the declawing of cats under most circumstances, making New Jersey the first state to penalize veterinarians who declaw cats. The bill will now to the New Jersey Senate.

Onychectomy, commonly known as declawing, is an operation to remove an animal's claws surgically by means of the amputation of all or part of the distal phalanges, or end bones, of the animal's toes. Declawing is common in North America, but is is considered an act of animal cruelty in many countries. Under the proposed New Jersey bill, onychetomy would be considered a criminal animal cruelty offense.