Israel Bans Declawing

by Michael

One more nail in the coffin of declawing. Israel has banned it. Let us rejoice this Christmas. It is the best Christmas present any cat could have; to retain his claws. This has been quite a long political journey for Israel. I reported on the possibility of a ban in May 2011.

Declawing is now banned in Israel unless there are genuine medical reasons, which are naturally rare. Although I cannot see a vet in Israel being in breach of this new legislation, if he or she was, on conviction, the sentence is a maximum 1 year imprisonment or 75,000 NIS (shekel) fine (USD: $19,796 or £12,696). I will clarify that later when they have published the actual legislation online. I need some details.

At the time of this post I can’t find the actual legislation. We should thank the politicians who drove this through the Israeli parliament, the Knesset: Eitan Cabel of Labor, Yoel Hasson of Kadima, Dov Khenin of Hadash and Nitzan Horowitz of Meretz. I think Eitan Cabel is one the prime movers and shakers in this. Well done Eitan. You are a bit of hero to us here on PoC. I am also told that we should MK Cabel for introducing this humane legislation. His email is: ecabel@knesset.gov.il. You might like to thank him!

What is good about it for me is that there is a very close connection between Israel and America. America give Israel billions of dollars each year for defence. There are obviously a lot of Israeli politicians and people of influence in America. Perhaps through them we may achieve a ban in America. This seems like a mountain to climb, however.

But at least it is one more nail in the coffin of this malpractice. One unfortunate barrier is the world recession and financial crisis. At these times people are reluctant to take away an income stream from businesses and vets make an awful lot of money from the legal mutilation of the domestic cat.

IN MANY LANGUAGES WE SAY NO TO DECLAWING

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Dec 02, 2011
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to: “Anonymous”
by: Rabbi Schmuley and Fr. Christopher

Oh, “Anonymous” you impugn Grahame, that if only he were more knowlegeable about Israel/Palestine” etc. etc.

My dear “Anonymous”: Grahame has been a scholar concerned with this very issue for well over 80 years of history. I do not doubt that he has forgotten more about it than you ever knew. And he understands both peoples’ takes on these serious and difficult issues. He is not pushing a parochial position: he has both Palestinian, Jewish, and Christian family connexions, and is a tenured scholar in a relevant field, now retired.

He takes your point, however, that you do not want this discussion on a feline site.


Dec 01, 2011
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Stay on topic!
by: Anonymous

Grahame, your post is out of line. This is not a forum to discuss Middle East politics, and were you a bit more knowledgeable, you would understand there are two sides to the Israel-Palestine issue. I could easily post from the Israeli perspective, but this is not the place for that. Meanwhile, congratulations to Israel for taking a humane stand for animals!


Dec 01, 2011
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by: Grahame

Yes, this is indeed good news—
for cats.

Now what is Israel going to do about their longtime cruel abuse of the Palestinian people who continue to be robbed of their homes and land?


Nov 30, 2011
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Yippeeeeeee!
by: Barbara

Absolutely over the moon with this news, a little bit more progress towards the day when declawing will be banned worldwide. Come on USA you are lagging behind, it’s time you showed the world that you care about the welfare of domestic cats.

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Nov 30, 2011
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This is wonderful!
by: Ridolina

This is wonderful! You want to prevent this sadism in all countries.


Nov 30, 2011
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Wonderful news
by: Ruth

This wonderful news really cheered me up today.
One day we will celebrate declawing being banned world wide !
Vets could easily make up their lost income from the mutilation of cats, by selling scratching posts and pads and cat furniture from a firm such as Bret Glass’s KatAWhack instead, for commission.
Our UK vets who have never declawed cats even when it was legal, make a very good living without breaking their oath to cause no animal suffering.
It’s time all vets in every country stuck to that oath !

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