Rhode Island Residents: Help Ban Declawing

RI_Declaw.jpgThis action is ONLY for residents of Rhode Island

UPDATE: March 20, 2018:

The Rhode Island Senate Committee on Judiciary will consider Senate Bill 2296, which would prohibit declawing, at a hearing this Thursday, March 22.

Come to the hearing and testify in support of this bill!

Attend the Hearing


Rise of the Senate—Those who wish to testify at the hearing are advised to arrive at 4:00 p.m. EDT.


Rhode Island State House
82 Smith Street
Room 313
Providence, RI 02903


Original Message

Rhode Island lawmakers could soon join the progressive cities and countries that have banned the practice of declawing cats! Both houses of the state’s legislature are considering bills that would prohibit this cruel surgery. The House Committee on Health, Education, and Welfare is considering HB 7341, with a hearing on the bill scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 28.  The Senate Committee on Judiciary is considering SB 2296. Both bills would declare declawing cats illegal unless the surgery is medically necessary for the cat.

Declawing is a painful process that involves amputating the last bone on each of a cat’s toes, and it can cause harmful long-term effects on a cat’s health and well-being. People typically declaw cats to stop them from scratching, but many safe, humane, and affordable alternatives are available to prevent this behavior.

Tell your legislators to ban this cruel practice in Rhode Island.


  • State Representative Robert 'Bob' D. Phillips
  • State Representative Samuel A. Azzinaro
  • State Senator Paul V. Jabour
  • State Senator Leonidas 'Lou' P. Raptakis
  • State Senator Mark W. Gee
  • State Senator Erin Lynch Prata
  • State Representative Dennis M. Canario
  • State Senator Harold M. Metts
  • State Representative Sherry Roberts
  • State Representative Ramon A. Perez
  • State Representative Shelby Maldonado
  • State Representative Moira J. Walsh
  • State Representative Robert B. Lancia
  • State Representative Marcia Ranglin-Vassell
  • State Representative Susan R. Donovan
  • State Representative David A. Bennett
  • State Senator Donna M. Nesselbush
  • State Senator William J. Conley Jr.
  • State Representative Mia A. Ackerman
  • State Representative Julie A. Casimiro
  • State Senator Michael J. McCaffrey
  • State Representative Arthur 'Art' Handy
  • State Representative Joseph M. McNamara
  • State Senator Stephen 'Steve' R. Archambault
  • State Senator Frank S. Lombardi


Please Support HB 7341 and SB 2296 and Ban the Practice of Declawing Cats

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a resident of Rhode Island, I ask that you please support HB 7341 and SB 2296. If enacted into law, it will be illegal to declaw cats., these bills would prohibit the declawing of cats, Declawing is 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 at the first knuckle.

Denver and eight cities in California have already banned declawing, as have at least 42 countries, including Switzerland, Israel, and England. Declawing bans are also being considered in New York, New Jersey, and West Virginia. Rhode Island would be at the forefront of this movement to ban declawing at the state level, ensuring that cats will no longer be put through this inhumane and painful procedure. I urge you to support HB 7341 and SB 2296.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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