A New York bill intended to ban the declawing of cats is to be taken up by the state’s Senate and Assembly, according to the Associated Press.
Manhattan Democrat Linda Rosenthal, the bill’s sponsor, hopes that the legislation will have a domino effect on the rest of the United States.
New York would be the first state to ban “the amputation of the cat’s toes back to the first knuckle”. Unlike human nails, cat’s claws are attached to a bone. The procedure additionally requires anesthesia and pain medication. Supporters of the ban in New York argue that “the practice is cruel and barbaric”.
In a memo opposing the legislation, the New York State Veterinary Medical Society asserts that declawing should remain legal.
State and national veterinary organizations argue that the procedure is “often the only way for cats with behavioral problems” to avoid “being abandoned or euthanized”.