Several U.S. cities, including Los Angeles and Denver, already ban cat declawing except for therapeutic reasons, and so do a majority of Canadian provinces. The practice is also banned in dozens of countries. Photo by Sue Mack/iStockphoto
New York State lawmakers yesterday said a resounding “no” to the declawing of cats. Many well-meaning cat owners over the years have chosen to pay for this surgery, but we now know with certainty that it is the cause of tremendous suffering and behavioral problems for cats. In effect, it is similar to chopping off each human finger at the last knuckle. If it passes into law, New York would be the first state in the country to ban this highly controversial convenience surgery that has no medical or other benefits for cats and can lead to lifelong health risks and complications for the animals.
We applaud the state’s lawmakers for their pioneering move, and we are particularly grateful to the bill’s sponsors, Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal and Sen. Michael Gianaris. The bill will now be sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk for his signature. The New York governor has a laudable record of supporting animal protection legislation in the Empire State and we are optimistic that he will sign this bill into law.
Several U.S. cities, including Los Angeles and Denver, already ban cat declawing except for therapeutic reasons, and so do a majority of Canadian provinces. The practice is also banned in dozens of countries, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Sweden. Several U.S. states, including California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and West Virginia, are now considering similar bills.
A multitude of veterinarians across New York State refuse to perform declaw surgery, citing that it is a convenience procedure with no valid data to prove the alleged justifications for its use, a …