Declawing comes with hefty fines, jail time in Israel

12/9/2011 |

Israel enacted a law last month banning the declawing of cats, with penalties that include $20,000 fines and jail time. The procedure, which involves removing the entire third toe joint, has been banned in other parts of the world including Australia, Brazil and some European countries. AVMA recommends declawing only as a last resort, after "attempts have been made to prevent the cat from using its claws destructively or when its clawing presents a zoonotic risk for its owner(s)."

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