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Why Hasn’t New York State Banned Cat Declawing?

New York State is still considering a ban on declawing cats. This proposal has already been before the legislature three times. Why hasn’t it become law?

Declawing a cat would become illegal in New York State if the bill, proposed by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal ever gets passed. There is growing sentiment that taking the claws off a cat is cruel and torturous.


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The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that Rosenthal has brought this bill before the state for the last three years. If passed, New York would be the first state to make declawing illegal and violators would be fined $1,000 for performing the surgery. The Assemblywoman suggests if you can’t take the cat scratching your furniture, don’t get a cat.

“It’s an amputation. It causes pain and suffering, all because the cat’s owner cares more about their furniture thank about the cat not having pain and suffering.”

So why has the bill failed to pass in New York? Many are concerned that cats with claws will be abandoned or taken to a shelter by owners who can’t deal with the sharp claws. Senior citizens and small children could be seriously injured by a cat scratch. According to the Poughkeepsie Journal article, 72 percent of cats taken to shelters are eventually euthenized.

We want to know what you think here in the Hudson Valley. Should the cat declawing ban should become law? Are you opposed to it? Tell us why. Leave your comments on our Facebook page.

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