Cat Declawing May be Outlawed in New York State

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Cat declawing is one of the controversial topics that have gotten attention from animal lovers, government officials and animal advocate groups. While many consider this act inhumane, some cat owners do it for their convenience without realizing the harm it brings to their pet.  The state assemblywoman of New York is working on a bill that will prohibit cat declawing in her state.

According to Daily News, Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, who was behind the bill that prohibits humans from tattooing their pets, recently introduced a bill that would outlaw cat declawing, and the only exception to this law is if the feline has medical issues that would call for the procedure to be done.  The bill is yet to be formally introduced to the state Senate.  The bill is supported by The Paws Project, an anti-declawing organization, and the Humane Society.

The American Veterinary Medical Association stated that cat declawing “should be considered only after attempts have been made to prevent the cat from using its claws destructively or when its clawing presents an above normal health risk for its owner(s).” The group also agreed on labeling this procedure as “inhumane”.

Animal advocate groups like ASPCA, PETA and the Humane Society fully disagree on declawing felines.  In fact, the Humane Society considers the procedure “like cutting off each finger at the last knuckle”.  Declawing has a lot of negative effects to felines including paw irritation and affects their ability to walk accordingly.

In an interview conducted by on January 14, 2015, the Assemblywoman told them that she hoped that her proposed bill would raise awareness to the issue, which she describes as “inhumane”.  She pointed out that there’s no valid reason to declaw cats unless the animal has a bad infection that wouldn’t go away, or a cancer.  “It’s basically done because humans want it done, and I don’t think it’s our right to mutilate our animals for our own satisfaction.”

If Rosenthal’s bill is to be passed, the state of New York will be the first state to prohibit declawing cats in the US. The assemblywoman also mentioned that she stepped up because a lot of people talk about the issue but nobody did anything to change or solve the problem.

Instead of declawing cats, there are a few steps that cat owners can do to prevent their cats from clawing their furniture that includes getting your cat a scratching post.

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