New Brunswick to ban the controversial practice of declawing cats

The practice of declawing cats will soon be banned in New Brunswick.

The New Brunswick Veterinary Medical Association has decided the procedure has no proven benefit.

Moncton veterinarian Liane Nelson says there is a growing consensus among vets that declawing is a painful, invasive procedure that can lead to complications.

The surgery involves the amputation of the cat's first digits, not just their nails.

The ban starts on July 1 in New Brunswick.

Similar bans are already in place across Canada, including all of the Atlantic provinces.

Nova Scotia was the first province to impose a ban in 2017.