New York to become first state to ban cat declawing

New York state lawmakers passed bill A01303B earlier this week. The bill will outlaw onychectomy (declawing) of all cats statewide. The bill was introduced by Assemblywoman and animal-rights activist Linda Rosenthal in January. It’s currently waiting for a signature from Andrew M. Cuomo, the New York Governor.

Cat declawing is a cruel process where it involves surgical removal of cats’ claws by cutting through tendons attached to their bones. It’s usually done for aesthetic purposes, for example, from preventing cats from scratching furniture. The process typically results in many complications for the animal. “It’s unnecessary, it’s painful, and it causes the cat problems,” Rosenthal told the New York Times. “It’s just brutal.”

After the bill is signed, veterinarians who perform the procedure will face a civil penalty of up to $1,000. In March, Rosenthal also introduced another bill where fur sales and production will be banned across the state by 2021.

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