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Author Topic: California Could Soon Make Declawing Cats Illegal  (Read 74 times)
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« on: March 04, 2019, 12:14:32 PM »

California could soon take a big step to protect cats from being declawed with legislation that would make it illegal statewide.

The bill (AB 1230), which was just introduced by Assemblymember Bill Quirk, would make declawing illegal, unless it’s medically necessary to treat an underlying condition.

Declawing has remained a controversial topic among vets, animal advocates and cat owners, but the fact remains that it isn’t a simple procedure that merely removes a cat’s nails.

The procedure, which is formally known as an onychectomy, involves surgically removing the last bone in a cat’s toe to which the nail is attached.

“Declawed cats can suffer long-term physical complications as a result of declawing – it’s not just a fancy manicure. It’s painful, unnecessary, and needs to stop,” said Assembly member Quirk. “…

When this bill becomes law, only licensed veterinarians performing the procedure for specific therapeutic purposes will legally be able to declaw a cat, saving them from a life time of pain and possible lameness.”

Some supporters continue to argue that this surgery helps keep cats in homes, but declawed cats still end up in shelters, and contrary to that argument in the eight cities in California that have banned declawing, the number of cats being surrendered has actually gone down.

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https://www.care2.com/causes/california-could-soon-make-declawing-cats-illegal.html

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