New Jersey has officially become the first state to make declawing cats illegal.

Buzz about this ban has circulated for awhile now. Finally, on Monday morning legislation prohibiting cat declawing in New Jersey has been approved by the State Assembly.

Declawing is often done to stop cats from clawing furniture, property and other people. Since the practice isn't for the cat's well-being, many animal welfare organizations consider it a 'barbaric practice.'

Animal welfare organizations have compared declawing to someone cutting the top of a finger off. Now, thanks to this bill cats won't be subject to that torture anymore.

Violators will be charged with a 'disorderly persons' offense' and fine up to $1,000 or six months in jail.

There's a pretty interesting video you can watch regarding this issue from SNJ Today.

Source: SNJ Today | NJ.com


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