A3899 All The Way
Team Member: City the Kitty
A3899 Active Advocates Circle wrote -
We need your support to turn A3899 into law and bring an end to cat declawing in NJ. Political action is critical and urgent now. We have fought hard to get this bill passed by the Assembly, against the odds.
Did you know?
- The opposition has hired the state's top lobbying firm at an estimated cost of $3k-$10k a month to stop this bill.
- The New York opposition spent $98k lobbying legislators to keep cat declawing as legal as possible by fighting the NY cat declaw bill (among other things) ... and it worked.
The New York opposition won because they have the money and they have the constituency.
What do we have?
- Passionate, caring, generous people who will support this cause!
We can not afford to ease up now, and our team of dedicated advocates needs your help now to keep fighting the good fight. There are a lot of expenses involved and the work is round-the-clock ... but the hard part is that our volunteer advocates have been borrowing against their own 401ks or putting all their expenses on personal credit cards or giving up paid work, in order to defend and advance this bill on their own time and dime. This is unsustainable and they need your help to keep pushing the bill forward, now.
Please help us win this fight.
The opposition knows that the typical animal welfare group is fragmented, disorganized and underfunded -- and they are counting on that fact for us to peter out. Let's not let that happen.
Please support us now so that we can keep going strong.
Help our A3899 Active Advocates keep pushing so that we can take A3899 All The Way to law.
With your help, we can and we will. But we need your help.
Let's make New Jersey the first state to ban the cruel and barbaric practice of amputating cat toes at the 3rd joint, otherwise known as cat declawing or onychectomy. Overwhelmingly, the people who choose to pay a veterinarian to amputate their cats' toes do so in order to preserve their household furnishings and furniture. (Note that the CDC, NIH and other authorities on human health have advised against cat declawing*.)
Cat declawing is a mutilative surgery, and is recognized by veterinary associations as medically unnecessary and non-therapeutic. Bone amputation is known as being one of the most painful procedures, especially when it's done 10 at a time. Cat declawing is almost always done for human convenience. In many cases, declawed cats suffer chronic problems including lifelong pain -- numerous studies attest to this -- and declawed cats are MORE likely to be euthanized for behavior problems that are the direct result of their declaws (also cited in numerous studies).
Regardless of the method of amputation (scalpel, laser or guillotine/rescoe clippers), the long-term damage remains the same. It is a myth that advances in technology and medicine have made declawing "better and safer" -- all the methods produce the same damaging long-term and medium-term effects ... because the real damage stems from the fact that their much-needed toes have been surgically removed, no matter how they were removed. (And 55% of vets still use the "old-fashioned way" or rescoe trimmers for some or all of the declaw surgery -- so most vets aren't even using the "newer" technologies.)
A New Jersey animal control officer with 30+ years of experience states that at his shelter, 80% of the surrendered declawed cats were euthanized due to behavior problems. This is a powerful and factually-true data point, because the truth is:
Declawed cats are more likely to be euthanized.
And that's why we are both anti-declaw and anti-euthanasia.
The odds are against us, but with your help, we can win this fight.
More info about this bill on the petition:
*Even for people with autoimmune disease, hemophiliacs and people on blood thinners. The opposition likes to say that this bill would harm all the "poor children with autoimmune disease who love their cats, and we don't want to take their cats away from them", but the reality is that we have official letters of support from oncologist-hematologists with 25 and 50 years of experience who say they would never recommend declawing. And again, there's the CDC and NIH, who have issued public statements against declawing for human health.