New York Declawing Ban Stalls; New Jersey Takes Up Issue

Here is a quick update to our earlier post, New York State Considers Ban On Declawing Cats.

Linda Rosenthal opposes declawing
Courtesy NY Daily News

In early 2015, Assembly member Linda Rosenthal introduced bill A. 1297, legislation to ban the declawing of cats in New York State.  Now it appears the bill is stalled, and no vote has been scheduled.  The bill’s Senate equivalent seems similarly on hold.

However, New Jersey now seems ready to take up the cause.  Assemblyman Troy Singleton has introduced a bill – A3899 – which would outlaw declawing surgery in New Jersey.

In most European countries, declawing is illegal or unethical. In Israel, declawing a cat can be punished by a year in prison and a $20,000 fine.  Now, American legislators are working for similar laws here in the states.

American veterinarians recently agreed to classify declawing as an “amputation” which “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),” according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Linda Rosenthal with cat
Courtesy NY Daily News

The Humane Society of the US, PETA, and the ASPCA are also vigorously opposed to declawing. They believe the surgery can negatively impact a cat’s ability to walk, and can contribute to paw inflammation and pain. Declawing opponents suggest providing domestic cats with scratching posts, trimming cats’ claws, or using plastic nail caps to prevent furnishings from being damaged.

You can still support Assembly member Rosenthal’s efforts to ban declawing in New York, by signing her online petition.

We will continue to follow the story as it develops.

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