Everyone knows cats are amazing. Yes, they can be aloof and you might not see them every day, but they’re great. They’re loyal, they give those beautiful affectionate purs, and they give us so much back. However, some pet owners get given bad advice, or just don’t think about what they’re doing. Maybe their cat scratched up their settee or something, but declawing is never the answer.
“Declawing is a cruel and painful procedure that can create physical and behavioral problems for helpless animals, and today it stops,” Governor Cuomo said. “By banning this archaic practice, we will ensure that animals are no longer subjected to these inhumane and unnecessary procedures.” You see, claws are like the ends of a cat’s fingers, and are used for much more than just scratching.
“Too often, people think that declawing is a simple surgery that removes a cat’s nails — the equivalent of having your fingernails trimmed,” explained the Humane Society of the United States. “Sadly, this is far from the truth. Declawing traditionally involves the amputation of the last bone of each toe. If performed on a human being, it would be like cutting off each finger at the last knuckle.”
Declawing No More
“There is no reason to allow this barbaric practice to continue, not here in New York or anywhere,” said Linda B. Rosenthal, who introduced the bill. Finally, New York cats will have a better life.
Pet owners who declaw their cats will face up to a $1,000 fine. Declawing can leave cats permanently disfigured, more likely to bite, and less likely to use a litter box. Now that it’s banned, everyone wins.
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