Freshman Assemlyman Eric Houghtaling wants to ban New Jersey veterinarians from declawing cats.
The assemblyman from Neptune Township is a member of the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. The committee passed bill A3899, a bill that prohibits the surgical declawing of cats and other animals, 3-1 with one abstention, on Monday. Houghtaling voted in favor of the bill, which if passed in the full Assembly and Senate and signed by the Governor, would make New Jersey the only state that bans the procedure.
The proposed law exempts declawing cats for therapeutic and medically necessary procedures. Violators, both veterinarians and pet owners seeking the procedure will be subject to a fine of $1000 or six months in jail in the bill becomes law.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, NJ State Legislature | Tags: A3899, Assemblyman Eric Hougtaling, Cat declawing ban, Declawing cats, Eric Houghtaling, Freya's Cat Rescue, freyascatrescue.org, Lorraine Valente, Monmouth County News, New Jersey Legislature | 4 Comments »