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    British Columbia Bans Declawing — May 8, 2018

    The College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC) has banned its members from declawing cats for non-therapeutic reasons, making B.C. only the second province in Canada to outlaw the procedure. Dr. Margie Scherk, Paw Project-British Columbia Director, was a leader in the efforts to end declawing in British Columbia.

    The College acknowledged there may be feline medical issues that may necessitate partial or full removal of cats' toes, but said elective declawing is not an appropriate means of dealing with feline behavior issues like scratching furniture. "No medical conditions or environmental circumstances of the cat owner justify the declawing of domestic cats," the CVBC said. "There is a consensus among the public and within our profession that declawing cats is an inhumane treatment and ethically unacceptable, similar to other outdated practices such as tail docking and ear cropping."

    Nova Scotia is the only other Canadian province to ban cat declawing, but the CVBC noted that declawing is also outlawed in "Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Brazil, the United Kingdom, parts of Europe and (eight" cities in California" (plus Denver, CO - all due to the efforts of the Paw Project veterinarian Directors).

    The British Columbia declaw ban went into effect immediately. The CVBC position has the force of law and effectively bans declawing in British Columbia.

    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!

    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, but has been re-introduced for this session.

    The bill must now pass the state Senate and Assembly (again) and be signed by the governor before it becomes law. Thanks to all of you for your support!

    New Jersey State Senator 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 for a civil penalty, according to the provisions of the New Jersey Anti-Declaw Bill S1209. The companion bill is A347, introduced by NJ State Assemblymember Carol Murphy.

    More information about the bill can be found at the New Jersey Legislature website HERE.

    New Jersey Anti-Declaw Bill Fact Sheet.


    Ask Committee Chair Nilsa Cruz-Perez to schedule a hearing for the New Jersey Cat Protection/Anti-Declaw Bill S1209 SOON!!

    PLEASE CALL the Chair of the Senate Economic Growth Committee, Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez, (see below). Tell the staff member who answers the phone that you want to express your opinion on an important bill. Say, "I support the the New Jersey Anti-Declaw Bill S1209. Would Senator Cruz-Perez PLEASE advance the Anti-Declaw Bill S1209 by giving the bill a hearing."

    Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez - Senate Economic Growth Committee Chair - (856) 541-1251 (Camden), (856) 547-4800 (Audubon), (856) 853-2960 (Woodbury)

    PLEASE send email of support to SenCruzPerez@njleg.org (and please CC info@pawproject.org). Please include:
    1. Your Name
    2. Your Address
    3. The phrase, IN SUPPORT OF ANTI-DECLAW BILL S1209, in the subject line
    4. A simple statement, "Please support the Anti-Declaw Bill S1209 by giving the bill a hearing." 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 S1209):

    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!!

    Click here for General Letter-Writing Tips

    Support California Legislation to Ban Cat Declawing

    California state Senator Henry Stern introduced legislation that would end declawing in California. The bill did not pass a committee hearing on April 24. Its status is unclear at this time.

    Declawing is amputation, whether performed by scalpel, clippers, or laser. We believe there is never a reason to declaw for non-therapeutic reasons (that is, unless surgery were necessary to treat animals' medical conditions). Declawing does not keep cats in homes, a fact acknowledged by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Eight cities in California - Los Angeles, San Francisco, West Hollywood, Burbank, Santa Monica, Berkeley, Beverly Hills, and Culver City - plus the City and County of Denver, Colorado have enacted declaw bans. Statistics available from those cities indicate that the relinquishment of cats to shelters in those cities, in the years since the bans were enacted, has not increased - in fact, the number of cats dumped in shelters has DECREASED consistently in the years since the laws went into effect.

    There is no reason to declaw cats to protect human health. The NIH, CDC, US Public Health Service, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Canadian Medical Association, all have specifically stated that the declawing is "not advised," even for the animals of persons who are severely immunocompromised, including those with HIV. This opinion is echoed in statements on declawing published by the AAHA and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).

    Support California Anti-Declaw Legislation here - Sign the Petition!

    Nova Scotia Bans Declawing — December 12, 2017

    Nova Scotia is the first state or province in the US or Canada to ban declawing, reports Dr. Hugh Chisholm, Paw Project-Atlantic Canada Director.

    "The Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association provides the following information.

    At its December 12, 2017 meeting, The Council of the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association agreed to the following change in its Code of Ethics – Section 46. A three-month education period will take effect immediately and this change in the Code of Ethics will come into effect on March 15, 2018.

    No Member of the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association shall perform the elective and non-therapeutic Partial Digital Amputation (PDA), commonly known as declawing or onychectomy, of domestic cats.

    The NSVMA views elective and non-therapeutic PDA as ethically unacceptable."

    Nova Scotia is the first state or province to ban declawing. The new NSVMA position has the force of law and effectively bans declawing in Nova Scotia as members are required to belong to the NSVMA to practice. In Canada, the VMAs serve as regulatory and enforcement bodies for the government.

    Denver Bans Declawing — November 13, 2017

    Denver City Council unanimously passed a ban on the practice on November 13, 2017. Declaw critics have labeled the procedure, which is common in most states, as inhumane. Denver is the first municipality in the country outside of California to ban declawing. Since 2003, eight cities in California have adopted Paw Project sponsored anti-declaw ordinances. Public opinion was strongly behind the bill.

    Paw Project-Colorado Director Dr. Aubrey Lavizzo (shown in the picture at left with Councilmember Kendra Black, the author of the ordinance) had worked for several years on crafting the ordinance and had built powerful and effective coalitions of support. Paw Project Founder Dr. Jennifer Conrad and Paw Project Director and Pain Management expert Dr. Robin Downing also testified before the 13-member City Council.



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    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.



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