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New York Set to Vote on Bill to Ban Cat Declaws

By Deidre Grieves    January 22, 2015 at 05:00PM / (1) comments

New York Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal wants you to know that even if your cat scratches the furniture or digs into you with her claws, deciding to remove those claws is an inhumane practice and should be stopped.

 

“It's like taking off your first knuckle," Rosenthal told the NY Daily News. “(Cats) are born with claws and they are meant to have claws.”

 

That’s why Rosenthal, a huge advocate for animals, has introduced a bill that would ban declawing of cats in New York State. The Humane Society of New York and the Paw Project in California back the bill.

 

Many veterinarians across the country have already stopped the practice, citing several medical and behavioral problems associated with declawing.

 

Utah veterinarian Dr. Kristen Doub told Pet360 that x-rays of declawed cats reveal that 66 percent of declawed cats have bone fragments left behind by a sloppy surgeon, and 30 percent of declawed cats develop osteomyelitis, a painful bone infection. Other problems related to declawing include litter box avoidance, bladder inflammation and lower urinary tract disease, and aggression.

 

“It is a selfish decision to decide to declaw your cat,” says Doub. “Cats are born with claws and using them is part of their physiology and way of expressing themselves. People declaw because they are worried about damage to furniture, etc. It’s like taking a living creature and turning them into a stuffed animal.”

 

Rosenthal’s bill has not yet been introduced into the state Senate, but the Assemblywoman hopes that it gains enough support to pass. And while feline declawing is already banned in over 37 countries and in several California cities, passage of Rosenthal’s bill would mark the first statewide ban on declawing in the country.

 

Previously, Rosenthal has seen success on several animal-related issues, including a bill banning the tattooing or piercing of pets.

 

 

Image: phasinphoto / Shutterstock

 

 

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  • Outlaw the declaw
    01/23/2015 10:04pm

    I agree that it is in-humane to de-claw a cat, unless there are circumstances, such as medical, that would require this to be done. Cats are born these claws for various reasons...climbing, defense and survival to name a few. A pet owner can not 100% garentee that their cat will ALWAYS be indoors. Things happen. Also, some cat parents have this done and then for one reason or another the cat gets re homed. I feel this is maiming no matter how the procedure is performed. I feel the same way about docking a tail or clipping the ears on any living creature. If its needed to save a life that is a different matter. To do anything like this, in my opinion, is cruel.


 
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