New York state declawing ban passes state legislature

NY state legislature
NY state legislature. Photo: public domain.
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The bill to ban cat declawing in New York state has passed the state legislature and is awaiting the signature of the state’s governor whereupon it would become law. Gov Andrew Cuomo’s spokesperson has not responded to a request for a comment but we are told that he will review the legislation.

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Photographed after the declawing operation at the clinic referred to on this page.

Photographed after the declawing operation at the clinic referred to on this page.

I don’t know whether he is pro or anti-declawing but he better be anti-declawing because it is a watershed moment in the history of the relationship between Americans and their pet cat companions.

“This bill’s passage in New York is a watershed moment for the declawing issue, and we hope other states will follow suit by prohibiting this unnecessary convenience surgery.”

Humane Society President and CEO Kitty Block said

People who love their cats, people who care about the welfare of the domestic cat in America have been waiting for this moment for what seems like eons and, God willing, the governor will sign this bill because if he does it may well be the beginning of the end for this obnoxious, barbaric and unnecessary surgery which started in the early 1950s as a money spinning procedure for American veterinarians who have been desperately reluctant ever since to relinquish it despite the mountains of evidence and moral arguments against it.

Many declawing operations are botched causing long term problems and pain.

The lady who sponsored the bill, Manhattan Democrat Rosenthal, said:

“Today though, every cat and kitten in New York state lands on its feet as we prepared to make New York the best date for cats to live in the United States.”

Dr Pol declawing a cat
Dr Pol declawing a cat

The ban would provide for a $1000 fine against anyone who performs declawing surgery unnecessarily. Let’s remind ourselves that almost all declawing surgery is unnecessary by which I mean it is performed for non-therapeutic purposes. In fact, I don’t think I can recount a single example of it being performed for anything other than non-therapeutic purposes. This is why it absolutely must stop whereupon the cat lovers of the world will be forever grateful to the citizens of New York state for electing officials who have the integrity and moral strength to pass this bill which will make history.

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