West Virginia Residents: Help Ban Declawing

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West Virginia lawmakers could soon ban the practice of declawing cats! The state’s House of Delegates is considering a bill, H2418, that would prohibit declaw surgery and add it to the state’s list of animal cruelty offenses.

Declawing is a painful process that involves amputating the last bone on each of a cat's  toes, and it has harmful long-term effects on a cat's well-being. People usually declaw cats to stop them from scratching—not because the procedure  is medically needed or benefits the  cats. Declawing is an unnecessary surgery, as there are many safe,  humane, and affordable alternatives available to prevent cats from scratching.

Tell your legislators to ban this cruel practice in West Virginia.


  • Your State Representative or Representatives


Please Support H2418 and Ban the Practice of Declawing Cats

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a resident of West Virginia, I ask that you please support bill H2418. If enacted into law, this bill would prohibit the declawing of cats, a cruel and painful procedure that involves amputating the last bone on each of a cat's toes--the equivalent of cutting off a human's finger to the first knuckle.

Denver and eight cities in California have already banned declawing, as have at least 42 countries, including Switzerland, Israel, and England. West Virginia would be at the forefront of this movement on the state level, ensuring that cats will no longer be put through this inhumane and painful procedure. I urge you to support H2418.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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