New Jersey Bill Would Prohibit Declawing All Animals

New Jersey Assembly Bill 2578 would amend the state’s cruelty to animals law by prohibiting surgical declawing of cats and all animals unless a veterinarian deems the partial-amputation procedure necessary for health or therapeutic reasons. In such cases, veterinarians would be required to report the underlying reason for the procedure to the New Jersey Department of Health. The bill has been referred to the Assembly Committee on Agriculture and Food Security.