The mitten would be the second state in the nation to pass the law.

State Rep. Nate Shannon and 20 other legislators in Lansing have introduced a bill that would ban declawing cats in our state. The only other state with the ban at this time is New York.

It reads:

"An individual shall not perform by any means an onychectomy, a partial or complete phalangectomy, or a tendonectomy procedure, or any other surgical procedure that prevents normal functioning of the claws, on a cat in this state, unless the procedure is necessary for a therapeutic purpose."

The therapeutic statute would be in regards to pain relief for the animal and NOT cosmetic purposes. Fines could be up to $1,000.

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