New Jersey has officially taken it's first steps to becoming 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.

According to SNJ Today, the legislation now heads to the State senate's economic growth committee for a hearing. They also report that 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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