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Declawing a cat may become illegal

New Jersey residents are generally familiar with many things that may result in them being charged with criminal offenses. Shoplifting, spousal abuse and driving after drinking too much are a few examples. However, there may well be some things that people would not think about as criminal actions that may well be. While the charges might be minor, they can nonetheless be criminal and be on a person's record.

If the state leglislature passes a new bill that is before them, residents may find one more odd action listed as a criminal offense. This situation is all about having a domesticated cat declawed. The proposal before lawmakers is that removing a cat's claws would be considered a disorderly persons offense.

Anyone found to violate the law and actually remove a cat's claws may find themselves being forced to pay both criminal fines and civil financial penalties. They may also be ordered to spend time in jail. The rationale behind the effort stems from the notion that declawing a cat is extremely painful and may be harmful to the animal. Furthermore it is most commonly done out of convenience for humans rather than necessity for cats. An exception may be in place for situations in which claw removal may be medically required.

Anyone who finds themselves accused of a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey may be able to learn more about the law and penalties by talking to an attorney.

Source: The Milton Courier, "CopyCats: Pawlitics: New Jersey bill would ban declawing," Rebecca Kanable, March 29, 2017

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