The bill would make New York the first state in the nation to ban cat declawing. This is a brief update. I feel obliged to update because this is such an important bill for cat advocates and anti-declaw fighters.
The bill was introduced by Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal in January. Let’s remind ourselves that this is state legislation, which makes it extra special for a declawing ban because currently all eight bans concern eight cities in California.
Linda’s bill has been sponsored by a majority-member Sen. Joseph Griffo, who happens to be allergic to cats. I am not familiar with US state governments but I presume that Sen Griffo is a member of the party who has a majority in the government of New York state and therefore to receive his support would appear to be a very positive step in the right direction in getting the bill passed into law.
Linda wants the bill to be adopted by both chambers before the end of June when the legislature ends its session.
As usual state vets have opposed the bill. They always insist that a decision on declawing is down to the client. No, I strongly disagree. Clients need to be educated on declawing before they can make a informed decision and lots of vets don’t educate their clients! Some even mislead them. So please, let’s not play games.
The AVMA does not support the ban. Big deal. Who cares what they think. They are wimps.