Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed a bill into law this week making Maryland the second U.S. state to ban the declawing of cats.
“Our beloved kitties, who can not advocate for themselves, want us to guard them,” Democratic state Sen. Cheryl Kagan said in a statement from The Paw Project, a nonprofit devoted to ending the declawing of cats.
The new law, which matches into impact in October, prohibits veterinarians from performing the surgical process, until it’s “needed for a therapeutic goal.” Those that violate it may face fines of as much as $1,000.
Declawing a cat is a major surgery that includes amputating the final bone of every toe, just like amputating every first knuckle on an individual’s hand. On prime of the preliminary restoration ache and threat of an infection, it will probably result in lifelong ache because it alters the way that the cat walks.
Some opponents of declawing bans have raised concerns they may result in extra cats being given up by individuals who don’t need the cats to scratch furnishings, or who’ve considerations in regards to the cats scratching folks. Nonetheless, analysis means that that declawing can result in worse behavioral issues. As an example, cats with out claws could be extra prone to chunk in the event that they really feel threatened. Declawing may result in litter field issues, like urinating round the home, as a result of cat litter can irritate declawed paws.
The primary U.S. state to ban declawing was New York, which did so in 2019. It’s additionally unlawful in quite a few different nations ― together with much of Europe ― some Canadian provinces, and on the municipal stage in some U.S. cities, together with Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco, amongst others.