Maryland House votes to ban cat declawing – Boston 25 News

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland House on Thursday approved a measure to ban cat declawing unless medically necessary.

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If Gov. Larry Hogan signs the bill, Maryland would become the second state to ban the practice, according to the Associated Press. New York issued a statewide ban in 2019.

The Maryland Senate passed a bill earlier in the legislative session, but each house must approve the other’s version before it reaches the governor’s office, according to the AP.

The procedure, now considered barbaric and unnecessary by pet owners and some veterinarians, is banned in many parts of the world and also in several cities in the United States, including Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Denver, reported the Washington Post.

“When people think about it, the idea that we would mutilate to protect a piece of furniture is abhorrent to people,” Maryland State Delegate Lorig Charkoudian, the House sponsor, told the newspaper.

The bill prohibits veterinarians from declawing cats for cosmetic or cosmetic reasons, or for the convenience of their owners, People reported. The procedure would be allowed if necessary for medical reasons.

Vets could be fined up to $5,000 for a first offense and up to $10,000 for a second offense, the AP reported. Veterinarians would also face the suspension or revocation of their licenses.

The declawing ban is supported by PETA and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

“Declawing is a violent, invasive, painful and unnecessary mutilation that involves 10 separate amputations – not just of cats’ nails but also of their joints,” PETA states on its website. “Declawing is both painful and traumatic, and it has been banned in Germany and other parts of Europe as a form of cruelty.”

On its website, the American Veterinary Medical Association states, “AVMA discourages declawing as an elective procedure and supports non-surgical alternatives. Declawing is a major surgical procedure involving amputation and is not medically necessary for the cat in most cases.

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