Denver Considers Declawing Law

Animal shelters in Denver, Colo., may soon be able to prohibit anyone who plans to declaw a cat from adopting one. Declawing would be allowed only when medically necessary, according to the Denver Post.

If the law passes, Denver would be the first city outside of California with such a law, although a number of other countries have similar laws.

The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association says the law “over-simplifies” a complex medical decision. They oppose declawing but are not comfortable taking the decision out of the hands of a veterinarian and cat owner.