TRENTON — New Jersey is on its way to becoming the first state in the country to ban veterinarians from declawing cats.
A bill that cleared an Assembly committee on Monday would add onychetomy — the medical term for declawing — to the list of criminal animal cruelty offenses. There would be exceptions for medical purposes. 
Veterinarians caught declawing a cat and people who seek them out would face a fine of …
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