Cat Declawing Banned in New York State

UPDATE (AP):  New York has become the first U.S. state to ban the declawing of cats, joining most of Europe, several Canadian provinces and a growing list of American cities* that already prohibit the procedure. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed the New York ban on July 22, 2019.

Supporters of the cat declawing ban in NY: Animal welfare advocates, cat owners and veterinarians who argue the practice is cruel and barbaric since it involves the amputation of a cat’s toes back to the first knuckle.

Opponents of the cat declawing ban in NY: The New York State Veterinary Medical Society.**

Penalty for cat declawing: Under the new law, people who violate the ban on declawing a cat could face fines of $1,000. Veterinarians could still perform the procedure for medical reasons, such as infection or injury.

*Existing cat declawing bans in the U.S.:  Los Angeles, San Francisco and Denver

**The New York State Veterinary Medical Society’s arguments in support of declawing cats are that it should be allowed as a last resort for felines that won’t stop scratching furniture or humans — or when the cat’s owner has a weakened immune system, putting them at greater risk of infection from a scratch.


See our previous posts on cat declawing:

Declawing Cats Linked with Aggression, Eschewing the Litter box: New Study

Do bans on cat declawing increase the number of cats surrendered to public animal shelters?

Is declawing always animal cruelty?

Source: AP


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