'1 declaw is 1 too many': Nova Scotia cat declawing ban takes effect today
Nova Scotia has officially become the first province in Canada to ban elective cat declawing. The decision by the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association was announced in December. There was a three-month grace period before it took effect today. "I see declawing as a mutilation of an animal for no direct benefit to the animal. It's something that's done mostly to protect furniture," said retired veterinarian Hugh Chisholm, who has advocated for a declawing ban for years.