Petitioning State Representative Troy Singleton and 3 others

Support New Jersey's Anti-Declaw Bill A3899 (Singleton) - S2410 (Lesniak, Vitale)


Thank you, New Jersey Assemblyman Troy Singleton and Senators Raymond Lesniak and Joseph Vitale, for introducing legislation that would add onychetomy, or declawing, to the list of animal cruelty offenses in New Jersey.  Those who perform declawing would face a fine of up to $1,000 or six months in jail, according to the provisions of the New Jersey Anti-Declaw Bill A3899 and Anti-Declaw Bill S2410.

Declawing is amputation, whether performed by scalpel, clippers, or laser. We believe there is never a reason to declaw for non-therapeutic reasons (that is, unless surgery were necessary to treat animals' medical conditions).  Declawing does not keep cats in homes, a fact acknowledged by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).   Eight cities in California - Los Angeles, San Francisco, Burbank, Santa Monica, Berkeley, Beverly Hills, and Culver City - have enacted declaw bans.  Statistics from those cities indicate that the relinquishment of cats to shelters in those cities, in the years since the bans were enacted, has not increased - in fact, the number of cats dumped in shelters has DECREASED consistently in the seven to 13 years since the laws went into effect.

There is no reason to declaw cats to protect human health.  The NIH, CDC, US Public Health Service, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Canadian Medical Association, all have specifically stated that the declawing is "not advised," even for the animals of persons who are severely immunocompromised, including those with HIV.  This opinion is echoed in statements on declawing published by the AAHA and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).  

Thank you, Assemblyman Singleton and Senators Raymond Lesniak and Joseph Vitale, we hope your bills will be successful and will be a model for humane legislation in other states. 

This petition will be delivered to:
  • State Representative
    Troy Singleton
  • Chief of Staff, Assemblyman Troy Singleton
    Hilary Beckett
  • State Senator
    Raymond Lesniak
  • State Senator
    Joseph Vitale

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