New York State will be first state to ban declawing in cats
New York will be the first state in the U.S. to ban the declawing of cats under new legislation approved by lawmakers at the request of veterinarians, pet owners, animal welfare advocates and many more who consider the procedure to be cruel.
The bill, which would subject veterinarians to $1,000 fines for performing the operation, now heads to the desk of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, whose representatives said he will review the bill before deciding if he will sign it.
“Cats of New York: Show me your claws” said Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, who pushed the bill for years despite the opposition the state’s largest veterinary society. She called cat declawing “barbaric and inhumane.”
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Declawing soon to be illegal in New York