Massachusetts Residents: Help Stop Declawing

344 x 361_MA_Declaw_AAPage.jpgThis action is ONLY for residents of Massachusetts.

Update: 5/2/2019

Thank you to everyone who took action on this bill! The bill was heard in committee and is now eligible for the executive session. We will provide more updates soon.

Original Message

The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure is considering an important bill, Senate Bill 169, that would ban the declawing of cats statewide. Please ask your legislators to pass S169 or attend the upcoming hearing on the bill, July 22, to testify in support.

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.

Ask your legislators to support S169 to end declawing throughout Massachusetts.

Attend the hearing:

WHEN: Monday, July 22, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
WHEN: Massachusetts State House: Hearing Room A-2
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02133

Committee hearings are open to the public and signing up for testimony is first come, first serve. Testimony is limited to 3 minutes in length.


  • Your State Senator or Senators
  • Your State Representative or Representatives
  • State Representative William 'Bill' J. Driscoll Jr.
  • State Senator James 'Jim' T. Welch
  • State Senator Joseph 'Joe' A. Boncore
  • State Representative Adrian C. Madaro
  • State Representative Steven S. Howitt
  • State Senator Paul R. Feeney
  • State Representative Jack P. Lewis
  • State Representative Jay D. Livingstone
  • State Representative Joseph 'Joe' D. McKenna
  • State Representative Jonathan 'Jon' D. Zlotnik
  • State Representative Tackey Chan
  • State Senator Ryan C. Fattman
  • State Senator Barry R. Finegold
  • State Representative Mindy Domb
  • State Senator Diana DiZoglio
  • State Representative Tami L. Gouveia
  • State Representative David Henry Argosky LeBoeuf


Please Support Senate Bill 169 to End the Declawing of Cats

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a resident of Massachusetts, I am writing to urge you to protect the health and wellbeing of cats throughout our state by supporting Senate Bill 169. If enacted into law, S169 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 defend themselves, and scratching removes dead nail sheaths and stretches and strengthens cats' muscles. Declawing cats to address unwanted scratching behavior can cause trauma, chronic pain, and lifelong damage.

I want Massachusetts to exhibit the compassion and values that other communities in and out of our nation have shown by prohibiting declaw surgery. I ask you to support S169 to keep cats' claws on their paws.

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