The Bill to ban declawing in New York State currently being debated and discussed is stuck in the committee stage at the Assembly and the Senate. This important Bill has been at this stage since last year and there are 14 days left in this legislative session. As I understand it, if the Bill does not proceed in this session, it will have to be restarted (and may therefore die) but I am prepared to be corrected on that aspect of the legislative process.
This news is disappointing to cat lovers and those who detest the declawing of cats. I have written about this important draft legislation before on several occasions full of hope that New York state would lead the way amongst the 50 states of America in banning declawing. Thus far eight American cities have done it and then the progress dried up.
We need the process of the cessation of declawing in the USA to continue and a ban across an entire state would be massive. It appears that the veterinarians have a stranglehold on their buddies in politics.
The vets (who are essentially businessmen and women) lobby their politician friends in government and voilà the ban fizzles out because of filibustering which is a term used to mean using delaying tactics to run a Bill into the long grass and bury it.
I may have jumped the gun and made a false presumption but it certainly looks like that. There was a lot of excitement and news about the NY Bill several months ago but the latest news is not good as far as I am concerned.
The veterinarians always insist that they should have the last word on whether the declawing operation is carried out or not. They say that they are the consummate professionals and will make a judgement about declawing in the interests of the cat. Bollocks to that! The don’t declaw in the interests of the cat. They declaw in the the interests of (a) their wallet and (b) the cat’s owner. Why don’t the politicians get this? Oh, I forgot, they do get it. They just don’t give a damn about cat welfare.