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Florida Could Become the Second State to Outlaw Declawing Cats

A bill to ban the declawing of cats has been proposed for Florida’s 2020 legislative session.

Last July, New York became the first state to outlaw the practice of declawing cats unless medically necessary, and now Florida is lining up to do the same. Senator Lauren Book has proposed a bill similar to the one that passed in New York for Florida’s 2020 legislative session.

Like New York’s law, this proposed legislation would ban the practice of declawing a cat except in those few cases where keeping the claws would be detrimental to the cat’s health. If it passes July 1st, under the new law, veterinarians who perform a declaw that isn’t medically necessary could be fined $1,000 and face disciplinary action from the Board of Veterinary Medicine.

While declawing is already banned in several cities, like Denver and Los Angeles, New York currently has the only state-wide ban.

To be clear, The Catington Post is a strong advocate against declawing. It’s a painful amputation of a cat’s knuckles – not simply removing claws, as many people still believe. It’s a procedure that’s extremely painful, and can have lasting, even lifelong, emotional and physical effects on a cat, whose very nature is to use his claws.

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