Second Canadian Province Bans Declawing

The Canadian province of Labrador and Newfoundland follows in the footsteps of Nova Scotia by banning declawing.

A cat reaching his paw out, claw close up.
A cat reaching his paw out, claw close up. Photography ©Nynke van Holten | Getty Images.

Effective January 1, 2019, declawing a cat is no longer permitted in the Canadian province of Labrador and Newfoundland.

The Newfoundland and Labrador College of Veterinarians passed a resolution that prohibits veterinarians from performing the procedure. The Newfoundland and Labrador Veterinary Medical Association supports the ban. Labrador and Newfoundland follows in the footsteps of Nova Scotia, which in 2018 was the first Canadian province to ban medically unnecessary cat declawing.

Jackie Brown is a freelance writer from Southern California who specializes in the pet industry. Reach her at

Thumbnail: Photography ©Nynke van Holten | Getty Images.

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3 thoughts on “Second Canadian Province Bans Declawing”

  1. BC also bans clipping dogs’ ears and tails. It is just plain cruelty. Seven provinces now have banned declawing P.E.I., Nova Scotia, Labrador and Nfld, Alberta, Manitoba and New Brunswick. It is still legal in Quebec but highly discouraged and you would really have to look hard to find a vet who will do it for you. There are over 30 countries in the world that have banned declawing.

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