H.B. 445: An­i­mal wel­fare, pro­hi­bi­tion on de­claw­ing cats

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Spon­sors: Demo­cratic Dels. Lorig Chark­oudian, Jim Gilchrist, Ariana B. Kelly, Lesley J. Lopez, David Moon, Emily Shetty and Vaughn Ste­wart (Mont­gomery County); Jon S. Cardin and Dana Stein (Bal­ti­more County); Jes­sica Feld­mark (Bal­ti­more and Howard coun­ties); Anne Healey and Ju­lian Ivey (Prince Ge­orge’s County); Brooke E. Lier­man (Bal­ti­more City); and Jen Ter­rasa (Howard County).

Synop­sis: Pro­hibits a ve­teri­nar­ian from de­claw­ing a cat un­less it’s for the cat’s health.

Anal­y­sis: The process of de­claw­ing a cat is more like an am­pu­ta­tion than a man­i­cure, re­quir­ing the re­moval of the toe bone at the joint clos­est to the claw, and of­ten in­volves cut­ting through the foot pad be­neath. It’s ma­jor surgery that’s op­posed by the Amer­i­can Academy of Fe­line Prac­ti­tion­ers and an ex­ces­sive move to keep your fur­ni­ture scratch free. This bill would threaten the li­cens­ing of any prac­ti­tioner who per­forms the pro­ce­dure. Given that ve­teri­nar­i­ans gen­er­ally seek to help, not harm, an­i­mals, it seems they would be fine with the ex­cuse to de­cline client re­quests to maim fe­lines.

Editorial board rec­om­men­da­tion: Pass.

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