By CBS3 Staff

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — New Jersey is closer to banning the declawing of cats. Veterinarians who declaw will face a $1,000 fine under a proposed bill.

It passed out of committee Monday.

Supporters say declawing is cruel and should not be done because a cat is destroying property.

Opponents argue declawing is better than surrendering a cat to a shelter where it may be euthanized.