Banning Declawing in Israel

by Michael
(London, UK)

I’d like to do my bit and spread the good news. The Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, is currently debating banning the declawing of cats. This story comes from The Paw Project via the Coalition to Protect and Rescue Pets. My thanks to both of you.

What I particularly like about this story is that this is a countrywide ban that is being considered as opposed to city legislation etc. which has happened in America. And this is not just a case of creating legislation that loosely encompasses declawing. I appears to be a targeted ban on the operation of declawing cats – very specific. On that basis this seems to be a first. In the UK declawing is banned not by reference to the act of declawing but by reference to animal cruelty, which declawing is.

If the bill becomes law, it may be significant in the campaign to ban declawing in the USA. There are strong political links between the US and Israel. Billions of dollars are donated to Israel in defense funding. I wonder if a ban in Israel might show American legislators that it can be done nationwide.

There are two animal welfare/protection statutes (laws) in Israel: The Animal Welfare (Animal Protection) Law “The Animal Protection Law” and the Animal Welfare (Animal Experimentation) Law.

They were enacted (made into working law) in 1994. We can see, then, that Israel was a little slow in getting animal protection up and running. They are after all a full-blown developed country with all the facilities and social structures that are found in Europe and North America.

A weakness in the animal protection laws of Israel is that there appears to be poor enforcement generally, and little or no enforcement against producers of commercial foods (i.e. livestock are hardly protected).

Also having visited Israel and read one or two articles about feral cats in Israel there appears to be a less than sympathetic approach to dealing with feral cats humanely. Feral cats are abundant in this country.

Set against this background it is wonderful news that the parliament is debating a bill that would amend The Animal Welfare (Animal Protection) Law.

Eitan Cabel

The bill was either introduced by Eitan Cabel or another Knesset member, Dr. Ahmad Tibi (a physician)1. It is not clear to me which person is responsible. Both are clearly very enlightened men and I for one thank them.

It would prohibit declawing for any reason other than the animal’s health. The proposed sentence on a successful conviction would apparently be three years in jail! That is probably a maximum and I would expect a fine to be added to that. Or it would be a fine and/or jail. We will see.

Dr. Ahmad Tibi

One member of the Knesset, Nissim Zeev, opposes the bill on the grounds that it would hurt veterinarians (in the pocket I presume he means). At least that is honest. In the USA they dodge the real reason and wheel out the tired old arguments about cats being abandoned unless they are declawed. This is emotional blackmail says The Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights (AVAR)

The bill is supported by the Agriculture Minister Orit Noked and it passed its preliminary reading 19-0. MK Zeev abstained.

Come on Israel show America the way….



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Mar 27, 2011 From the Paw Project
by: Ruth

Take Action!
•Thank MK Cabel for introducing this humane legislation:
•Thank Speaker of the Knesset Reuven Rivlin ( and Health Committee Chair Haim Katz ( for their support and encourage them to ensure this humane legislation passes, a reflection Israel’s progressive values.
•Support the work of The Paw Project ( — end declawing in the U.S.
•Tell your own vet: Declawing is a mutilation that no vet should perform or condone.

Mar 25, 2011 Banning declawing in Israel.
by: Rudolph.A.Furtado

Had visited Israel in 2008 on a “Holy Land Tour” from Mumbai. Was fascinated by Old jerusalem city and observed a lot of feral cats. Took a photograph of a pair of feral cats in Old Jerusalem city and uploaded the same on “Wikepedia Commons”. Amongst the developed first world country’s observed a few stray feral cats in Israeli city’s unlike Europe where i couldn’t spot a single feral cat.
The United States of America is Israel’s closest ally in various respects and hence feel that “De-Clawing of Cats’ might be banned in U.S.A.

Mar 24, 2011 I hope Israel bans declawing
by: Michele S.

This is great news. I’ve been to Israel several times and always found the people kind to animals, so I have high hopes that they will ban declawing.

As Michael said, there are strong links between Israel and the USA. A nationwide ban on declawing in a modern country like Israel would certainly add weight to the argument it is both cruel and unnecessary.

If Israel joins the 38 countries who’ve already made delawing illegal, wouldn’t it be great if the USA and Canada would follow suit.

Mar 24, 2011 So pleased
by: Leah (England)

I was so pleased to hear this news it really appears to be a step in the right direction. I do hope North America realises that the brutal practice of declawing is outdated and that to be seen as a civilised country they must stop. After all this procedure is so away from civilised its practically in the dark ages, almost like some form of witchcraft.

I do hope they pass this law and that America sits up and takes notice.

Mar 24, 2011 Let them know?
by: Chris H., Canada

Great article, Michael. Please let us know if you think it would be helpful to email members of Knesset, the Israeli Parliament.

I hope they have access to the same evidence that we do that shows the negative effects of declawing, especially the X-rays showing the physical effects in black and white, as well as the reasons that the eight cities in California passed their bans on declawing.

Cats everywhere need to be protected from this cruelty, and cat parents need protection from unethical veterinarians.

Mar 24, 2011 Good for Israel
by: Carol

The threat of three years in jail would surely be a good deterant for greedy American vets to stop declawing cats.
I hope declawing is also made illegal soon in the US and I hope that any staff member assisting the vet in any way would be sent to jail too along with the owner of the cat of course.

Mar 24, 2011 Great
by: Edward

Michael thats really cheered me up thanks man.
Just started catching up as usual on all the horrible stuff but then this popped up.
Come on you American and Canadian doctors,its past time you packed in your cruel money making abuse of cats as well.

Mar 24, 2011 Wonderful news
by: Barbara

I am really heartened to have read this, thank you Michael. Surely now America and Canada will have to take notice of the growing feeling against the mutilation of cat’s healthy paws that is called “declawing”.

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Mar 24, 2011 I agree
by: Rose

I’m so glad Israel has joined the rest of the compassionate countries where declawing is banned.
There is no reason declawing shouldn’t be banned in the whole of the USA as without a doubt the vets doing it know they are abusing cats for money’s sake.
I hope they take notice of this happening and realise how disgusted the civilised world are at their cruelty.

Mar 24, 2011 Good news
by: Ruth

Thank you Michael for this very good news.
I agree with you, if one country can ban declawing countrywide then so could the USA.
The real reason vets declaw is as we know, the money they make from that cruel surgery.
As you say, at least it was honest to say banning it would hurt vets financially, but how do American vets think vets in countries where declawing isn’t done make their money ? Which they certainly do, in our country anyway as most are able to retire very finacially secure in their fifties.
I’ve worked for vets and know the profit they make on drugs !
I do hope this ban in Israel leads to more bans until declawing is illegal worldwide !

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