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NY Lawmakers Pass Cat Declawing Ban

Paws Up! To New York legislators for voting to ban cat declawing.

June 11, 2019

Last week, New York lawmakers voted in favor of a bill that would prohibit veterinarians from performing declawing surgeries on domesticated cats. Once a common practice among veterinarians, onychectomy (cat declawing) is the amputation of the joints of a cat’s paws to permanently remove their claws. Many cat owners opted for this unnecessary and inhumane surgery in the past to prevent their domesticated cats from damaging furniture. More recently, veterinarians and animal lovers alike have come to realize the lasting negative effects of declawing cats, from mental health to physical health. Read more about the effects of cat declawing here.

New York Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal spearheaded the bill, which currently is waiting on Governor Cuomo’s signature to become law. If the bill is passed, violators could face a $1,000 fine. New York would be the first state to enact a statewide declawing ban.

Take Action: Please send a comment to Governor Cuomo to express your support for the declawing ban and urge him to sign it into law! Click here to send Governor Cuomo a comment.

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