Rhode Island Residents: Help Stop Declawing

RI_Declaw.jpgThis action is ONLY for residents of Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island House Committee on Health, Education, and Welfare will consider an important bill to ban the declawing of cats on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Please testify in person or send a message to your legislator to support House Bill 5073, which would prohibit declaw surgery throughout the state.

Declaw surgery is far from a nail trim; it is the surgical amputation of the last joints of a cat’s toes. Declawing is traumatic to cats and can cause permanent damage and chronic pain. Without their claws, cats can have trouble walking and balancing. Discomfort in their feet may cause them to avoid using the litter box. Also, because they may feel unsafe without their natural protection, declawed cats are more likely to bite. These are some of the most common reasons that owners relinquish their cats to animal shelters, where most cats are killed.

Declawing is often done to address unwanted scratching behavior. However, many humane and affordable alternatives are widely available such as scratching posts, vinyl nail covers, and deterrent spray.

Attend the Hearing


Rise of the House—Those who wish to testify at the hearing are advised to arrive at 4:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, February 27, 2019


Rhode Island State House Room 101
82 Smith Street
Providence, RI 02903

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Ask your legislators to support HB 5073 and make Rhode Island the first state in the nation to ban declawing.


  • State Representative Susan R. Donovan
  • State Representative David A. Bennett
  • State Representative Christopher 'Chris' R. Blazejewski
  • State Representative Mia A. Ackerman
  • State Representative Julie A. Casimiro
  • State Representative Dennis M. Canario
  • State Representative Jose R. Serodio
  • State Representative Joseph M. McNamara
  • State Representative Karen Alzate
  • State Representative Gregg M. Amore
  • State Representative Robert 'Bob' D. Phillips
  • State Representative Sherry Roberts
  • State Representative Shelby Maldonado
  • State Representative Samuel A. Azzinaro
  • State Representative John W. Lyle Jr.


Please Support House Bill 5073 to End the Declawing of Cats

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a resident of Rhode Island, I am writing to urge you to protect the health and wellbeing of cats throughout our state by supporting HB 5073. If enacted into law, HB 5073 would prohibit declawing, a painful procedure that involves the surgical amputation of the last joints of an animal's toes.

Cats rely on their paws, including their nails, or claws, for behavioral and grooming needs. Their claws help them to protect and defend themselves, and scratching removes dead nail sheaths and stretches and strengthens their muscles. Declawing cats to address unwanted scratching behavior can cause trauma, chronic pain, and lifelong damage.

I want our state to exhibit the compassion and values that other countries, U.S. cities, and Canadian provinces have shown by prohibiting declaw surgery. I ask you to support HB 5073 to keep cats' claws on their paws.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]


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