Support New Jersey Bill to Ban Declawing
The New Jersey Anti-Declaw Bill passed the state Assembly with a 43-10 vote on January 23, 2017.
The bill still must pass the state Senate and be signed by the governor before it becomes law. Thanks to all of you for your support!
New Jersey Assemblyman Troy Singleton has introduced legislation that would add onychetomy, or declawing, to the list of criminal animal cruelty offenses in New Jersey. Those who perform declawing (except to treat a medical condition affecting the animal) would face a fine of up to $1,000 or six months in jail, according to the provisions of the New Jersey Anti-Declaw Bill A3899. The companion bill is S2410, introduced by Senators Joseph Vitale and Raymond Lesniak.
More information about the bill can be found at the New Jersey Legislature website HERE.
New Jersey Anti-Declaw Bill Fact Sheet.
URGENT ACTION ALERT FOR NJ ANTI-DECLAW BILL!!
PLEASE CALL the Senators who are members of the committee (see below). Tell the staff member who answers the phone that you want to express your opinion on an important bill. Say, "Please vote YES on the Anti-Declaw Bill S2410, and please do not allow exceptions."
Senator Raymond J. Lesniak - Chair - (908) 624-0880 (Union), (908) 327-9119 (Elizabeth)
Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez - Vice-Chair - (856) 541-1251 (Camden), (856) 547-4800 (Audubon), (856) 853-2960 (Woodbury)
Senator Joseph M. Kyrillos - (732) 671-3206
Senator Steven V. Oroho - (973) 300-0200 (Sparta), (908) 441-6343 (Allamuchy)
Senator Jim Whelan - (609) 383-1388
PLEASE send email of support to the below addresses. Please include:
1. Your Name
2. Your Address
3. The phrase, IN SUPPORT OF ANTI-DECLAW BILL S2410, in the subject line
4. A simple statement, "Please vote YES on the Cat Protection/Anti-Declaw Bill S2410." You can add reasons or personal experience if you wish. Anyone can write, but more attention will be given to NJ residents, of course.
Here is an excellent sample letter (be sure to change bill number to S2410):
CUT-AND-PASTE EMAIL LIST:
SenLesniak@njleg.org, SenCruzPerez@njleg.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, SenOroho@njleg.org, SenWhelan@njleg.org, SenVitale@njleg.org
DETAIL OF ADDRESSES OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND AUTHORS
Senator Raymond J. Lesniak, Chair - NJ Senate Economic Growth Committee and Co-Author of Anti-Declaw Bill S2410
Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez, Vice Chair - NJ Senate Economic Growth Committee
Senator Joseph M. Kyrillos Jr.
Senator Steven V. Oroho
Senator Jim Whelan
Singleton, Troy, Author of Anti-Declaw Bill A3899
Vitale, Joseph, Co-Author of Anti-Declaw Bill S2410
Beckett, Hilary , Chief of Staff for Assemblyman Troy Singleton
Assemblyman Troy Singleton has written powerful and heartfelt opinion pieces against declawing. CLICK HERE and HERE
to read them. PLEASE share them!
Please sign our PETITION!!
Support New York State Bill to Ban Cat Declawing
New York state Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal has introduced a bill, A.595 (formerly A.1297), that would make New York the first state in the nation to ban cat declawing. Soon afterwards, New York state Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-Oneida County) introduced the companion bill (S.3376) in the Senate, giving it a majority-party sponsor in the GOP-controlled NY state Senate. The declawing bill would ban the amputation procedure unless it is done to treat a medical condition affecting the cat. The Paw Project is grateful to Assemblywoman Rosenthal and Senator Griffo. We are proud to have introduced the declaw issue to Assemblywoman Rosenthal and to have helped in organizing support for the bill. We are fortunate to have the help and support of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA), and Ethical Veterinary to pass the bill. We will update this page when the bill is introduced in the coming legislative session
Please read the NY No-Declaw Bill Fact Sheet and the NY No-Declaw Myth vs. Fact Sheet, which have been presented to the NY state legislators.
Support Assemblymember Rosenthal's Bill here - Sign the Petition!
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FACTS ABOUT FELINE DECLAWING
Declawing is amputation; it is not merely the removal of the claws. To declaw a cat, the veterinarian cuts off the last knuckles of a cat's paw – cutting through bone, tendons, skin and nerves. In a person, it is equivalent to amputating each finger or toe at the last joint.
Declaw surgery can be an extremely painful procedure with associated health risks and complications such as infection.
Declaw surgery can produce permanent lameness, pain or arthritis.
Declawing is the same mutilating procedure for house cats or big cats.
More about feline declawing and humane alternatives to declaw surgery»
THE PAW PROJECT's MISSION is to educate the public about the painful and crippling effects of cat declawing, to promote animal welfare through the abolition of the practice of declaw surgery, and to rehabilitate big cats that have been declawed. The short video below shows the dramatic contrast between Kona, a cougar who suffered painful and crippling health problems after declawing, and the natural, pain-free range of movement in a healthy undeclawed cougar.